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Recapture Your CAD Mojo by Learning Something New - forecast future technology issues, break big challenges into small problems, think about training, stay motivated, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 24, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

3 Reasons to Move to OpenRoads - learn about design intent, dynamic modeling, civil cells, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 24, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Simulating an Ideal Stirred Tank Reactor System - application of ideal stirred tank reactors, modeling ideal system of tank reactors in series in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

12 Settings I've Changed in AutoCAD 2015 Already - apply background plotting to continue working while batching publish plots, block attribute editor to fill title blocks, adjust OSNAPS, polar tracking, FIELDEVAL, CENTERMT, layout tab settings to ease working with AutoCAD, Paul Munford, CAD Notes, Feb 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Another Way to Update Properties - apply copy design features to check file for editing, read property definitions from file, create new binary blob of data in Vault filestore before linking binary data with actual records in Vault database, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Feb 25, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Optimizing Parallels Settings for Autodesk BIM 360 Glue/Autodesk Navisworks - maintain back up copy of virtual machine before starting to modify any settings, configure for design, select virtual machine performance options for best results, tune hardware settings, The 360 View, Feb 25, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articlesNavisworks articles)

Adding a Global Keyword Menu to AutoCAD Using WPF, Pt 2 - open keyword display window to set special commands that need timer to reset keyword list, add, remove event handlers, display keywords when there are nested selections to display, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Updating Attributes in Title Block - type refedit, create, place new attribute in block, exit block editor, save changes in block before clicking sync button to sync block in AutoCAD, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, Feb 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Parameters - project parameters are applied for scheduling, sorting, filtering in project, family parameter controls variable values of family, shared parameters are used in multiple families or projects in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Feb 24, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Which .NET Framework Version is Inventor Using - open Inventor.exe.config file to determine Visual Studio version that supports any given version of .NET Framework, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 3 - declare RangeCoords to store coordinates of range, extents of object, invoke GetSeedRange function to apply selection set oSel, list of doubles as arguments by reference in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 21, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 4 - obtaining range of selected objects when single object is selected in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 22, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Model Visualization, Pt 1: Orientation - apply rotate view tool to rotate model, apply camera feature to zoom pictures in SOLIDWORKS, Greg Dawes, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Modify Tool Explained - tool comes with options to save current value, restore original value, rebuild model with current value, reverse sense of dimension, change thumbwheel increment value, select input units when typing value in SOLIDWORKS, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 25, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Rotating Inserted Components in Assemblies - drag components in graphic area, apply rotate component tool found in assembly tab, right click on component in graphics area, select 'move with triad' option to pick rings to rotate, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tips Their Hand on Future Product Direction - Gian Paulo Bassi talked about rapid adoption of 3D printing among SOLIDWORKS user community, embedded flexible electronics, SOLIDWORKS licensing model, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - considering examples of energy chain with rotary motion, closed loop chain, in-context chain path sketch, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CCC Enhances ROI on Midfield Terminal Project at Abu Dhabi Airport Using BIM-Driven Approach - Bentley's BIM Software, including AECOsim Building Designer and ProjectWise, enables seamless information sharing, collaboration across all project disciplines, stakeholders, Anne Busson, CADdigest.com, Feb 24, 2015 (more AEC articles)

OpenRoads Tip: Create Element Templates from the XIN - make copy of original XIN, open InRoads feature style manager in SS3 or SS4, toggle 'ON include surface' in style manager dialog box, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 24, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Is the 3D Printing Revolution on Hold? - stalling performance of some leading 3D printing trading stocks, development of 4D printing are major obstacles to 3D printing's rise, Benjamin Campbell, Inside 3DP, Feb 24, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

How to Use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to Get Real Answers - use CFD to get sense of what's happening in general, before building anything, take measurements in CFD, use CFD to figure out what's important, what's not, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Feb 24, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Obtaining Material Data for Structural Mechanics from Measurements - different material models, common types of tests: uniaxial tension, uniaxial compression, biaxial tension, triaxial compression, torsion, Henrik Sonnerlind, COMSOL Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Calculating Turning and Lathe Feeds and Speeds - using G-Wizard calculator, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Feb 7, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Textual Healing - invoke MTEXT command to set multiple lines of text with word processor formatting, open paragraph dialog to define tabs, indents for text, control columns, superscript text in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Plotting in Color and Your AutoCAD Background - set 2D model space background to black to use dark background palette, ensure impact of personal preference setting on plots before generating color plots, Michael Partenheimer, Cadalyst, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plotting tutorials)

Quick, Simple Attributed Blocks Available in AutoCAD - open multileader style manager to edit existing unused style or create new style, choose block as multileader type in content tab, pick block before running INSERT command, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Feb 24, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015: Shrinkwrap Command - open assembly file to access Shrinkwrap command, set new Shrinkwrap part name, template, file location, BOM structure on activating command, pick style, simplification, visibility, hole patching options before creating Shrinkwrap IPT, Kendred Cooper, Hagerman & Company Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Tooling: The Process of Designing a Simple Injection Mold - tools to create full 3D model of injection mold in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 24, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cross Part Geometry Projection - open assembly, create new part based on face of existing part, project edges of part, press ctrl key while picking desired edges, unlock constraints to modify projected geometry in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Feb 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Realities - Revit Family Origin - define origin of family, check each reference plane before adjusting family's origin in fixture side of wall in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plan by Mass Object - assign materials to mass objects, control colors of object through materials menu or employ filters to color mass objects, create custom parameter to change color of mass family object with material in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 1 - start VB.Net Console application, name it to ZoomToSelection, add references to Solid Edge Framework, Solid Edge Draft libraries, set application type to Windows form before adding import statements, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 16, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Zoom to Selection, Pt 2 - visit sub main portion of code to ensure Solid Edge is running, draft document is currently active, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 20, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Telling the Story - Path and Label Tricks in SOLIDWORKS Composer - employ path tool to create 3D lines that illustrate path from components neutral locations, locate crosshair symbol next to label text box in graphics area to apply label tool, Kirkwood Hines, HRS Blog, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

But You Can't Deny: SOLIDWORKS' Got Style - visit PropertyManager to add or update style, select 'save a style' option to make style available to other documents, start annotation, click on load style button to use already saved style, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Snapshots - strengths, weakness of snapshots in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - How to Create a New Vault and Add Licenses - Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Up in Arms Over Gesture Computing - gesture-driven Myo armband from Thalmic Labs lets user control games, CAD software using arm movements, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Transitions Aplenty at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Dassault Systemes offers its retail community change in leadership, new products, assurances of continuity, Kathleen Maher & Stephen Wolfe, Graphic Speak, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Make Relation Between Dimensions in Creo Parametric Sketch - create required shape, dimension all entities upon which some relation is to be applied, choose primary dimension with which all other dimensions will be related, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Feb 22, 2015 (more Creo tutorials)

CAMWorks Quick Tip - Using Work-In-Process Model for Toolpath Simulation - easy-to use tool to check toolpath for problems like collisions, gouging, or under-machining, CAMWorks can start simulation from work-in-process rather than from raw stock, considering example of simple part with few nested pockets, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Interview with Matt Lombard - The Man Behind the Scenes - talk about CAD journey, typical business day, learning Solid Edge in short period of time, role in Solid Edge community, hobbies, Tushar Suradkar, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Evaluating the Instability of a Space Arc Frame - design element in modern building construction, applying loads to space frames in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Feb 18, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

A Quantum Jump in Mechanical-Electronic CAD Integration - PCBWorks from Altium enables direct links to automatically build parametric, 3D models of circuit board in SOLIDWORKS, Steve Wolfe, Graphic Speak, Feb 13, 2015 (more MCAD articles, SOLIDWORKS articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 3 - create objects up front, add visibility parameter, set visibility mode, make objects visible/invisible, generate new visibility state by opting turn all on, turn all off, or leave as is options, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Open AutoCAD Drawings Without Using AutoCAD - install Trueview Autodesk .DWG viewer to view, edit, print, share AutoCAD drawings, configure Autodesk 360 account properly to upload drawings, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips, Autodesk 360 articles)

Handle AutoCAD Files in a Flash - apply SaveAll, CloseAll, QQuit commands to increase productivity in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Feb 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding a Global Keyword Menu to AutoCAD Using WPF - populate list with global keywords that AutoCAD prompts for, double click item in list to send keyword to command line, treat certain commands as special if they require certain condition for operation, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Parallel Aggregation Using AccoreConsole - employ parallel aggregation to launch multiple instances of AccoreConsole, code to gather entity type of all entities from AutoCAD drawings, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 23, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Reference Geometry During an Inventor Sketch - apply project geometry command to select desired edges, choose option to autoproject edges for sketch creation, else automatically create reference geometry by passing cursor over existing edges, points, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Adding Parameters to Text in Autodesk Inventor - edit text, set components, source, parameter, precision, special symbols in editing screen, click 'add parameters' button to add value to text, edit unit attributes option to adjust units, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Feature to MirrorFeature - select MirrorFeature before choosing feature to be added in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Alternate Dimension Units in Revit - invoke dimension command, pick edit type button from properties palette, locate alternate units parameter from text area before changing its settings, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Feb 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Identifying and Communicating Clashing Elements More Easily - apply Show ID reference in clash report generated by Navisworks or 360 Glue, trigger Show ID command to select all element IDs from active Revit document, Dennis Collin, CADline, Feb 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Automation, Ribbon Panel, ItemExecuted and Vacation - obtain tab names by iterating through panels, tabs, apply MouseEnter, MouseLeave events of RibbonButton class before storing button with mouse over it in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Importing CAD Files and Invert Colors - invert intensity of color once it is imported to make it easier to view on white background, balance appearance in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

FDM 3D Printed Part Post-Processing Time Slashed by a New Approach to Support Removal - Almco system works like dishwasher with carrousel, banks of jets spray large volumes of solution at low pressure while parts spin slowly on turn table ensuring that all surfaces are covered, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Interview with India's 3D Printing Pioneer - talk with Dr U Chandrasekhar about applying rapid prototyping in Defense R&D activities, most satisfying application with fused deposition modeling technology, future of metal prototyping in aeronautical sector, Amit Arora, Inside 3DP, Feb 17, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rapid Prototyping: The Present and the Future - market for rapid prototyping is expected to reach $7 billion by 2025, but process needs to be more tolerant of temperature variations, CADspeed, Feb 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List - support zero thickness geometry, bi-directional sweep, export sheet metal parts of assembly to dxf/dwg in flat state, selection list box should be bigger in size, ability to make inferred relations permanent, both direction pattern, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Feb 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Create a Surface with Varying Tangency - creating swept surface with twist along edge of interest in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - New in 2015: Product Add-ins and Consolidated Menus  - tips to add more products to command manager to easily turn on add-in in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Looking at solidThinking Inspire 2014 for Architectural Design - creating lighter weighted structures in architecture with Inspire, understanding basic roof truss, bracket problems, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Feb 20, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

AEC Technology Updates: Design and Analysis Applications - BIMx Docs app by Graphisoft, Allplan 2015, FineFIRE application by 4M, MEPdesigner for SketchUp extension, Cadimage Doors+Windows add-on for ArchiCAD, Fab Sheets, Parameter Jammer tools for CTC, Sefaira Systems, IESVE application, BIMcollab, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Feb 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Do You Have the Power, Pt 2 - PSU technology, design continue to advance, modular, tool-less PSUs simplify access, choose right power supply unit for workstation configuration, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Feb 19, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Running COMSOL Multiphysics with Amazon EC2 - run AWS CloudFormation tool with templates provided by COMSOL to launch license server on Amazon EC2, choose to either run COMSOL software on single cloud-based machine or on cloud-based cluster, Par Persson Mattsson, COMSOL Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The New SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Network Wants to Streamline Your Prototyping Process - integrated into MySolidWorks community dashboard, new platform aims to connect SOLIDWORKS users with manufacturers, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Iterating and Retrieving System Variable Information - apply AcEdSysVarIterator class to iterate over public system variables, obtain names, data type, range, read-only status in AutoCAD 2015, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Styling Your HTML5 Progress Meter with CSS3 - employ CSS to disable default styling, insert style to adjust its appearance in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk: Flexnet License Manager Starting VD No Licenses are Handed Out - check if firewall ports are open, ensure if IP address is used instead of server name in Licpath.lic, stop license server, start data execution protection before restarting license manager, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 20, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor 2015 - Section Views in Parts & Assemblies - tips to create half section, quarter, three quarter section views in Inventor 2015, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Civil 3D Assemblies and Adaptive Components - create Excel file with coordinates for adaptive points, apply 2-point adaptive component for left, right, get points together from left, center, place adaptive components at those points before creating form, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Feb 20, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Other Civil Design Products to InfraWorks - employ Bentley Mx as source of data to create clean/accurate model, gather surface triangles before using it as 3D model, core geometry, apply InfraWorks360 Design roads to remodel data, Jack Strongitharm, From the Ground Up, Feb 20, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Status Bar Blues - identify if Civil 3D tool is turned on/off by checking its color, toggle buttons available on new status bar, click on button that has 3 horizontal lines on it at far right of status bar, Ron Couillard, What's the Word on Civil 3D, Feb 19, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Adding Cross-X Lines to Unitized Panel Families - draw model lines in current reference plane, switch to exterior elevation view, select reference plane with front of unit, sketch line across surface of unit before zooming to corners in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Exporting High Quality Views from Revit for Reports - select view, set view in way it will be presented in report, adjust sun/shading settings, zoom to specific portion of image before saving it as project image, David Metcalf, A Word on BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Are We Making Revit/ BIM Too Complicated? - determine ways in which Revit/BIM content impacts project workflows, avoid creating unnecessarily complicated Revit content, or content designed to step over training issues, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

User Maintenance Cycle for a Stratasys Fortus 400mc - clean platen, empty purge bucket for daily user maintenance; vacuum build chamber, clean, inspect tip wipe assembly for weekly user maintenance, Scott Rollins, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Polar 3D Introduces the First 3D Printer Designed for Education - polar coordinate-based 3D printer boasts 50 micron layer resolution, built-in HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, round, rotatable, slidable build platform, available for $799, discounted 25% for schools, educators, students, Polar 3D blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Stays on Course as Bassi Takes the Helm - SolidWorks will continue to invest in desktop platform as per customers demand, top 10 most requested enhancements, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design was launched, conference will be held in Dallas next year, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Feb 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Favorite Materials - employ materials editor to assign materials by accessing material favorites list within SOLIDWORKS Simulation, visit favorites tab in materials editor property manager to customize list of often used materials, Bill Reuss, 3D Vision Technologies, Feb 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Stuff the Toolbox Add-in Can Do (No, It's Not Just Bolts, Nuts and Washers) - activate Toolbox toolbar, access structural steel & beam calculator, grooves, O-rings, snap rings, cam generator, bearing calculator to improve SOLIDWORKS productivity, Michel Cloutier, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Jan 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Manufacturer Uses NX CAM to Reduce Costs of Producing Precision Aerospace Parts by 33 to 50 Percent - Akaba Seisakujyo uses Siemens PLM Software solution to support wider variety of products, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more NX CAM articles)

4D Printing: The Next Frontier of Additive Manufacturing - 'shape memory' polymer fibers are incorporated into composite materials, creating 3D object; 4D printing could be especially useful in applications that require compact shipping of larger objects, CADspeed, Feb 18, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

MicroStation Tip: Working with Linestyles - Scale, Shift, Direction - creating selection set of all elements prior to entering key-in eliminates need to select elements individually, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Feb 18, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

PTC's PLM Cloud - Tom Shoemaker, Chris Bergquist of PTC talk about PLM Cloud, difference from other Web-based PLMs, pricing, security on the cloud, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more PTC articles, cloud articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 4.0 - this phase is starting now, considering example of Engineering 4.0 for sales, purchasing, quality assurance, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

How to Manage Floors and Levels in Architectural Projects with Rhino - work on each level of building projects using level manager feature, Francesc Salla, VisualARQ, Feb 17, 2015 (more Rhino tutorials)

4 Tips to Use BIM to Lower Construction Risks - ensures building durability, helps project satisfy environmental requirements, optimizes project management, creates safer working environment, Rachel Burger, Capterra Construction Management Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Concepts Reboots Drafting for iPad - new drafting tool for tablets bridges conceptualization, drafting, opens up new lines of communication for professionals, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Feb 12, 2015 (more CAD development articles)

Replace Text in AutoCAD - use FIND command to find, replace text anywhere in drawing, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Feb 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Randomly Crashes - update to latest video driver, set AutoCAD to run as administrator, turn off user account control, delete Windows temporary files, reset to AutoCAD defaults, or turn off hardware acceleration, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Turn Off Selection Preview in AutoCAD - adjust values of SELECTIONPREVIEW, PREVIEWEFFECT, PREVIEWFILTER system variables to control display of selection previewing, visual effect for previewing objects, exclude specified object types from selection previewing, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

The Power of Design and Change: Best Practices for Conceptual Design - accept good CAD standards, employ appropriate Civil 3D tools to conceptualize valid design plans, name sites accordance to lot sizes, apply pre-created blocks with rapidly modifiable properties, mass grading with corridor, Christopher Roberts, AUGI Library, Feb 18, 2015 (more Civil 3D articles)

Creating Your Own AutoCAD Progress Meter Using HTML5 and JavaScript - tips to develop HTML UI that is tightly integrated with AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Fill Out Your Title Block with an iLogic Form - click on iLogic browser to create form, visit forms tab to add form, open form editor to drag, drop all desired fields onto design tree, add block title information in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Feb 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Delete Suppressed Components in iLogic - code to resolve error messages given by iLogic editor in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Inventor Tip : Parameter & Equations - relationships, dimensions that controls parametric modeling in Inventor, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Manufacturers and Recreating Lighting - adopt level-based families, recreate family along with parameters, geometry to avoid problems due to import geometry, incorrectly used parameters, wrong family type in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Type Catalogs - select family type button to identify parameters to associate with look up table, create look up table, set yes/no parameters before saving Excel file into CSV file, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Feb 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Modeling a Periodic Heat Load - brief introduction to time-dependent simulations, consider example of laser heating of silicon wafer in COMSOL Multiphysics, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Particle Component Couplings and the Velociraptor Problem - using advanced features of particle tracing interface like built-in particle component couplings, override properties feature to solve Velociraptor Problem in COMSOL Multiphysics, Christoph Gordalla, COMSOL Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Apply a Harmonic Base Excitation Natively in ANSYS Mechanical Workbench 16.0 - create linked harmonic analysis, apply global acceleration using ACEL command, Mohamed Senousy, ANSYS, Feb 18, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 3 - invoke dimension command to create dimension style for dual unit dimensions, uncheck horizontal/vertical scroll bar check boxes to zoom in/out mouse, place reference text outside of drawing sheet boundary to prevent printed display, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Searching for Text Content in Networked Unmanaged Solid Edge Draft Files - enable Windows Search Service on file server to allow server generate index stored within network shared location, enable 'file services' role in server before adding role services, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 19, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

How to Repair Parametric Links in Solid Edge - apply 'save as' command in assembly environment to alter context, expand links collector to analyze broken model, invoke redefine links command to fix broken assemblies, Frederic Menage, Design Engineering, Feb 18, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - What We Learned About the New Generation of SOLIDWORKS Products - SolidWorks Industrial Design, based on Dassault Systemes' 3DExperience platform, was introduced at event, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Chain Component Pattern Tips for SOLIDWORKS, Pt 1 - apply distance, distance linkage or connected linkage options to set up patterned components along open or closed path in SOLIDWORKS, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 3D Walk-Through/Fly-Through - click view, 'lights and cameras' to add walk-through, select settings like viewport settings before creating walk-throughs in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Call Out Drawing View Names with a Smart Note in SOLIDWORKS - double click on view to lock selected view, apply link to property tool to select property, update property if it changes, visit FeatureManager tree to change name of view, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: The Bearing Connector - right click connections in simulation study tree, select bearing to define bearing, select/deselect self-alignment to implement bearing connector in SOLIDWORKS, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Feb 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

FEA Simulation: How to Model Creep Response and Stress Relaxation - creep can be incorporated into FEA using creep law, which defines accumulation of creep strain rate as function of current stress, strain, time, temperature, Michael Bak, Desktop Engineering, Feb 16, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Introducing Kenesto Drive for File Management and Collaboration - benefits: automatic file versioning, extremely simple, effective file locking, automated back-up, personal file ownership with sharing, multi-CAD assembly support, intelligent off-line file access, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 16, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

The Hype Around Consumer 3D Printing is Becoming Boring - in many cases, consumer 3D printing is not used to print off anything useful, focus should divert to sustainability as these printers generate lot of waste, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 17, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

14 Questions to Ask when Interviewing for a CAD Position - ask about skills, experiences, any concerns about qualifications, role to be filled, efforts of past employees done to succeed in that position, company training for CAD, CAD software, hardware in use, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Jobs and Careers articles)

PLM Joins with PLE to Address Product Line Complexity - BigLever Software is joining up with Aras to integrate its PLE platform with Aras Innovator PLM, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Feb 16, 2015 (more PLM articles)

Overriding VP Color in AutoCAD - set key plan to show drawing with faded colors, assign VP overrides to linetypes, lineweights, plot styles, select remove viewport overrides option from layer palette to eliminate VP override, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Differences Between the Autodesk Vault Products - compares process of managing documents, user base, background server process inside Vault Basic, Vault Workgroup, Vault Professional, Keith Doran, Hagerman & Company Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

BIM 360 Glue - New 2D Map Feature for Intuitive Location Navigation - click new icon in BIM 360 Glue tray to enable 2D mode based on current location in model, select specific floor to jump to any level, merge 2D view to 3D model easily, Paul Walker, Beyond Design, Feb 17, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Civil 3D 2015 - Progressing the Conceptual Design - set parameters, open InfraWorks model to make project specific object selection in Civil 3D, Trevor Clayton, CADline, Feb 18, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Replacing an Inventor Component with Similar but Different One - open assembly model, select 'save and replace component' tool to replace component in assembly, edit new components, create new drawing for new component before invoking replace model reference command in Inventor, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

List Suppressed Components in LOD - open LOD document in background, check components that are suppressed, close document if LOD is not currently active in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 17, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 Quick Tip - Contact Sets - tips to add components to contact set, activate contact solver in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 18, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reload from with Images - visit manage images dialog, click on add load button to load image in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Simple, Scalable Rock - import geometry, nest families, adjust dimensions before associating families in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Quickly Fix Duplicate Mark Warnings, and Make Element ID or Element GUID Available in Schedules or Tags - obtain bonus tools, open Revit model, check warnings dialog to find affected category, visit bonus tools ribbon, start copy parameters tool to copy unique ID into mark parameter, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Searching for Solid Edge Files Based on Text Content in Unmanaged Draft Files - access Solid Edge Insight Server installation media to extract Solid Edge IFilter, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 14, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Synchronous Assemblies Brief Demo - design parts in context of assembly without creating any of synchassembly1debilitating effects of references between parts in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, On the Edge, Feb 16, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Linear Pattern Your Way in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - new up to reference option allows selection of vertex, edge, face, or plane as end reference for pattern, instances to vary option adjusts increment or modifies specific pattern instances, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Utilities - Unleash the Power - apply compare utility, feature paint, find/modify features, find, replace annotation, geometry analysis, power select, report manager, simplify, symmetry check utility, thickness analysis from tools drop-down to improve SOLIDWORKS productivity, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Cardinal Rules of Designing Injection Molded Plastic Parts - maintain uniform wall thickness, avoid abrupt transitions from thin to thick, follow rib design guidelines, avoid sharp corners when designing plastic parts in SOLIDWORKS, Peter Rucinski, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Valve Testing and Design - investigates analytical valve coefficient equations before applying them to flow simulation of water through valve in SOLIDWORKS, David Waltzman, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sonar Dome Vibration Analysis - scientists at INSEAN have developed way to calculate effects of turbulent boundary layer flow on bulbous bow housing sonar system with easy-to-use simulation model to reduce self-noise, Francesca Magionesi, CADdigest.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles, engineering analysis articles)

Parrot Uses Dassault Systemes' SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design for Groundbreaking Drones - complex 3D shapes for future drones made simple with 3DEXPERIENCE platform's social capabilities on cloud, CADdigest.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more Dassault articles)

New and Revamped Chemical Engineering Interfaces - recap of modeling chemical reactions, reacting flow, learn about chemistry, reaction engineering interfaces in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0, Niklas Rom, COMSOL Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Kathleen Maher of Jon Peddie Research on CAD Trends - reports on graphics hardware, Tech Watch subscription service, recent hot topics for CAD engineers, rise in sales of CAD workstations in 2014 Q3, predictions for 2015 for CAD industry, CADspeed, Feb 16, 2015 (more CAD industry articles, CAD hardware articles)

Second Fiddles - overlapping viewport with transparent layers, applying background mask to dimension text, adding additional polar angles in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Feb 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

5 AutoCAD Tips That You Can Learn in 5 Minutes - apply command line shortcuts to input commands, keyboard shortcuts, visit layers panel to access layers quick tool, properties palette to locate entity within drawing file, Paul Munford, Between the Lines, Feb 17, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 5: Rotate - create basic block with circle, cross hairs, thick polyline for true north line, indicator for plan north, adjust multi-insertion points, visibility sets, add rotate parameter, action in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Feb 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

The One AutoCAD Feature You Need to Be Using Now - dynamic input mechanism is easily configurable, shifts focus from command line to cursor, allows view values on screen, apply pointer input settings to manage display of coordinates, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Feb 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

A360 Collaboration for Revit - enables centralized access to Revit models for all team members, communicator for Revit comes with collaboration service to allow team communicate in real time, integrates A360 Team for better collaboration, Jarod Schultz, Feb 16, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Default Dock Location for Palette Sets - tips to set default dock location for Paletteset when palette is activated in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Associating Text and Symbols to an Autodesk Inventor Drawing View - apply leader text, options to place symbols, right click on leaders to delete leaders leaving text, symbols behind in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Transform Imported Geometry - obtain base feature, body created by translation, create transient copy of body before defining, applying transform to transient body in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Drive Rule in Sub Sheet Metal Part to Export DWG/DXF by DataIO - workaround is to activate components one by one before running rule to edit flat pattern in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Content: Build or Buy? - building, maintaining content requires considerable time, effort, coordination of LOD 400 content for prefabrication is primary for buying content, compares Revit content 200 vs managed content LOD 400, Kenneth Eastman, AUGI Library, Feb 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Column Type Differences - architectural columns assume properties, materials of particular object type when placed against object, structural columns are placed along column grids or inside existing architectural columns, John Flanagan, CADline, Feb 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Determining the Face Tangent at a Picked Point - exhibits dynamic face type checking, arbitrary axis algorithm, face tangent generation, UVPoint usage, family path, name selection, interference, collision checking in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

First Look at SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design - cloud-based service is available for $190 per user per month, has sketching, freeform design tools, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Did You Know: Tips and Tricks I Learned at SOLIDWORKS World 2015, Pt 2 - insert drawing view in non-standard orientation without creating new orientation view, dimension to break lines in drawings, create broken-out section view up to center of hole or other feature, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Run Specified Studies - apply mesh only option on specific studies to review mesh for each study, run specified studies option to determine if mesh data is available, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Custom Component Names in Assemblies and Design Tables - disable component name from updating automatically, select options, external references to uncheck 'update components names when documents are replaced,' enter new part name in component properties to update feature tree, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 7 - locate window listing all parts/faces that failed during meshing process, apply check geometry, incompatible mesh or mesh control options to correct mesh failure, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - New in 2015: Export Project - tips to export partially ballooned drawing from inspection add-in for SOLIDWORKS to standalone software, YouTube, Feb 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

AEC Technology Updates: Construction and FM Applications - Trimble ProjectSight, AllTrak Cloud, Rapid Positioning System, Newforma SmartUse, Conworld for construction simulation, Aconex Dynamic Manuals, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Feb 12, 2015 (more AEC articles)

3Dconnexion CadMouse - Hands on Review - easy to configure, ergonomic design, scroll wheel is clever digital scroll, ideal for CAD, priced at USD $99, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Feb 12, 2015 (more mice reviews)

The Flexible, Convenient Future for Buying CAD - subscription licensing models provide access to latest software release, doesn't necessarily mean cloud, offer same software on desktop, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Feb 12, 2015 (more CAD management articles, cloud articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 4 - select free access adaptive roughing, using ramp taper angle option, 'create derived operation' to select toolpath quickly, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Using Degeneracy Breaking to Design a MEMS Biosensor - degeneracy breaking in MEMS gyroscope, simulating MEMS biosensor in COMSOL Multiphysics, Alexandra Foley, COMSOL Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

10 Useful New Features in ANSYS Mechanical 16.0 - mesh display style, image to clipboard, beam contact formulation, nonlinear adaptive region, thermal fluid flow via thermal pipes, solver pivot checking control, contact result trackers, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Results - result plots are easily configurable with typical smoothed, contoured visualization, cross sectioning is configurable within plot setting, nodal information per plot style is reviewable, user interaction is bit awkward with limited configuration of plots, John Evans, Design and Motion, Feb 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articlesNastran articles)

The Autodesk Uninstall Tool - visit Windows start menu to open tool, start it to view list of all existing Autodesk products along with existing components, check box next to product name to uninstall product, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Getting Ordered Edges by Traversing BRep Loop Edges - code to retrieve edge information, orient them as per loop being iterated in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Making a Custom Entity Associative Dimension Enabled - check APIs exported in AcDimX20.dll, apply acdbEnableDimAssocForEntity() API to enable associative dimensioning for custom entity, else employ AcDbAssocPersSubentIdPE to reveal sub-entities of custom entity in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Customize a Unique Double Tag in AutoCAD P&ID - modify tag-definition of pipeline group, ensure that both properties are inherited to pipeline segment class, used in pipeline segment tag, Bernd Gerstenberger, In the Pipes, Feb 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Use Inventor Sketch Block Dimensions in Other Feature Sketches - employ parametric table to control dimensional values of other feature sketches, edit sketch, select 'dimension visibility' from context menu to make sketch block dimensions appear in sketch, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

3D Modeling Tire in AutoCAD - implement Boolean tools, 3D array, revolve, extrude commands to model type in AutoCAD, YouTube, Jaiprakash Pandey, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Revit 2015 - Editing Dimension Text - open dimension text dialog, select button beside 'replace with text,' type in required text in text field, click apply to completely replace dimension text with user specific text, Martin Phelps, CADline, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit UniqueId in Glue and Navisworks - specify UniqueId in Navisworks exporter options to include it in Glue viewer or else open options editor, check mark 'convert element properties' to include UniqueId via Navisworks, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Feb 12, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articlesNavisworks articlesRevit articles)

Revising Keynote Data - visit keynote legend to review each keynote, activate keynote table via keynote value parameter in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Insert Revit Link File - apply ModelPathUtils class to insert link file easily in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Feb 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Did You Know: Tips and Tricks I Learned at SOLIDWORKS World 2015, Pt 1 - always run DFMXpress before sending part to vendor for manufacturing, user can auto-pause assembly instructions created in Composer, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Embrace the Future, Respect the Legacy - drone from Parrot designed in SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, Rich Chin talked about predictive computing in SOLIDWORKS products, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Focus on MBD - method to save presentation views, use format-type template, translate 3D SOLIDWORKS model into 3D PDF, add-in is available for $2,000, Jennifer Herron, MCADCafe, Feb 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - industrial designer, Jinsop Lee talked about 'little theory' of 'five sensors,' inspirational story of SOLIDWORKS user, Sefi Udi, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - winners of SOLIDWORKS model mania contest, top 10 most requested enhancements, Neil Cooke talked about SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 3- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - SOLIDWORKS 2016 Enhancements: degree style spline, C2 edge blend, sweep bi-directional, nested balloon sorting, direct scale change, scale with operation system, child feature reference, Michael Lord, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Opening a DXF/DWG File in SOLIDWORKS - select method to open DXF/DWG file, pick layers, enter unit type, point at center in sheet, click finish to open drawing sheet, start new sketch or open part in sketch, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Be My Valentine - SOLIDWORKS Sketch Text - position text, check options for rotating, aligning, mirroring, scaling, spacing text, add/remove parameters, adjust display states to control appearances in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How Does Guide Curve Influence Work in a SOLIDWORKS Loft Feature? - adjust guide curves that influence shape of surrounding exterior loft faces, visit edge if it has sharp corner or tangent to next entity, apply global guide curve to influence edges/sharps, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Large Assemblies, Pt. 1: Options and Large Assembly Mode - YouTube, Feb 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CNC Technology in Guitar Manufacturing - guitar manufacturer Die Klangwerkstatt uses MecSoft's VisualMILL for customized guitars; replications, reproductions can be built of existing guitars, components, Georg Sch÷pf, CADdigest.com, Feb 13, 2015 (more VisualMILL articles)

Sustainable and Efficient Brewing Equipment with Smap3D Plant Design for 3D Piping Design - oldest manufacturer of brewery machines, KASPAR SCHULZ uses Solid Edge with Smap3D Plant Design to improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase quality, CADdigest.com, Feb 12, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

How will You Buy CAD Software in 2016? - defining license terms, costs, Autodesk, other software developers are moving toward subscription-only access to software, plan for new software licensing policies to get most of ROI, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Feb 10, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 2 - show part face colors when doing part painter, locate faces of target part in assembly for mate, translate multiple step files into Solid Edge format, scale cross section, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 13, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SketchUp Multi-Tool Personalities, Pt 1 - automatically trim corners with arc tool by double clicking immediately after drawing arc, pick vantage point in SketchUp, create view looking towards specific location in model using position camera tool, Josh Reilly, SketchUpdate, Feb 11, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Cloud CAD will Have to Solve PDM Problems at First Place - with absence of file system exposed to end user, cloud CAD system will have to solve PDM problem first, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Feb 9, 2015 (more PDM articles, cloud articles)

Discretizing the Weak Form Equations - use set of localized shape functions as basis to approximate real solution, substitute them one by one into weak form equation to obtain discretized system of equations, Chien Liu, COMSOL Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with CATIA - turn on basic geometry options for parameters, named selections to transfer named selections, parameter to other systems in Workbench, Simon Pereira, ANSYS, Feb 10, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

I Use P to Get What I Want, When I Want It, and You Can Too - use P option to select all objects that were previously selected, SELECT command can also be used to select objects in AutoCAD, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

5 Tips for AutoCAD Performance - employ recommended hardware, disable/enable hardware acceleration, clean drawings, avoid numerous customizations that can slow down program, open only essentials programs in background while running AutoCAD to maximize performance, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Removing Un-Purgeable Linetypes Using the Layer Translator for AutoCAD - open layer translator in file having issue, load layer, select 'map same' button to map layers, click on translate before running PURGE ALL command, Kate Ming, Ideate, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Double Clicking Text Gives Unknown Command Message - edit customize UI dialog box, locate PGP file before updating it in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Jan 25, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 - Project Explorer - add-on comes with powerful, user-configurable report generator, unique on-screen report view, integrated design validation tools, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Feb 12, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Roll Your Own Copy Design - obtain download ticket, copy binary file contents exactly so that it still points to old file names, set new name, location, relationships of copied file before adding file to Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Feb 11, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Inventor Tip: Customizing Inventor InfoTip Properties - locate config file, ensure that program data is visible, open InfoTip.config file in notepad, adjust id, name, exclude options, apply iProperty formula to add custom iProperty to standard iProperty, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic - Allow Multiple Design Intents - iLogic rule identifies if TotalWidth, FilterWidth or ColumnQTY has been changed by user, create memory parameter that will allow iLogic rule compare each memory parameter against current parameter value, CADline, Feb 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Translating Shared Parameters - move parameter to another group, change parameter type, adjust visibility of parameter, check if parameter is changeable in Revit project, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

New Tools in the Daily Builds: Library UI, Special Characters, and Custom Nodes - enhanced icons, tooltips, supports unicode, code blocks, special syntax available on input nodes inside of custom nodes allow users to specify expected data in Dynamo, Zach Kron, Dynamo, Feb 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Displaying Progress Bar and Generating Animated GIF - valid Revit API context is provided by callback function, employ animated GIF format to display animation immediately on web page without need for any user interaction, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten List - variable pull direction draft, topology optimization from Tosca for all engineers, both direction pattern, selecting inner loops of selected face, ability to make inferred relations permanent in sketch, display exact item causing error, Daniel Herzberg, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2016 - SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard, extended quickmates, Toolbox favorites folder, copy & paste mate support, rename part directly in FeatureTree, drawings - direct scale change, nested balloon sorting, Brian McElyea, CAD Fanatic, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - keynote speaker, Dr Michio Kaku talks about his work, best selling books, smart glasses, contacts, augmented reality, supervision in 3D, transparent screens, 3D TV without glasses, computer simulation of 3D air flow in jet planes, Michael Lord, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Best of Show Hardware and Software - hardware: Artec Spider 3D Scanner, handheld 3D scanner for CAD applications, priced at US$22,600; Software: nPower Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS 2.0, plugin to design complex free form, aesthetically pleasing Class-A surfaces, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Pricing Next-Gen CAD: Has Dassault Systemes Lost the Plot with 3DExperience? - priced at $2280/year, SolidWorks Industrial Design hold little practical advantage over Autodesk Fusion 360, priced at $300/year, for typical end-users, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design: New Name, New Innovations - SWW 2015 renames SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual to Conceptual Design, adds dynamic motion simulation, mechanism synthesis, history based mates, enhanced interoperability features to make it highly competitive, John Picinich, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer 2015 SP 2.0 - What's New in SP 2.0 and What Do You Really Need to Know - process name changed in Windows, UI is cleaner with 3 different color themes, information pane has easy-to-read format, document properties for view names, batch save option in technical illustration workshop, Robert McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - 3 Methods of Visualization - apply OpenGL, RealView or PhotoView 360 methods of visualization depending on purpose, YouTube, Feb 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Managing Results - tips to manage simulation results, control their location in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Delcam FeatureCAM 2015 - integration of probing sequences directly into system, automatic avoidance of jigs, fixtures. Vortex operations to allow full flute cutting, more intelligent part mirroring, mill/turn updates, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 10, 2015 (more FeatureCAM articles)

Synergis Software PLM Vision 2015+ - Synergis offers single solution, Synergis Adept, focuses on being technically, functionally scalable, employs more straight-forward approach to CAD file management, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Feb 10, 2015 (more PLM articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 4: Different Types of Models - considering ways to collaborate between ArchiCAD users, different modeling types, creating one layer model, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Feb 9, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How to Repair the Parametric Links in an Assembly (Assembly Environment and V&M) - analyzing 'broken' model in Solid Edge, fixing it with 'redefine links,' Frederic Menage, Design Fusion, Jan 29, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Expert Interview with Ron Brys About Optimal Workflows - how CAD IT people maintain optimal workflows, CAD software/workstations impact CAD users' accomplishments, how EnvisionCAD help change scope of CAD landscape, trends in CAD industry, CADspeed, Feb 8, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Expert Interview with Mary Moscarello of Graphisoft on Building Information Modeling - GRAPHISOFT vs other CAD software, design of ArchiCAD, describing building information modeling, OPEN BIM project, CADspeed, Feb 10, 2015 (more ArchiCAD articles, AEC articles)

AutoCAD: Layout Regen Options - select among Regen when switching layouts, cache model tab and last layout, or cache model and all layouts options to allow AutoCAD handle process of switching between model, layout tabs, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

BIM 360 Field: Versions for Your Documents - automatic versioning provides access to latest version of construction documents, allows view history of any document through older versions in library, Krystian Macek, Beyond Design, Feb 10, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Integrating Physics into AutoCAD Using JavaScript - incorporate Jenga sample into AutoCAD palette, provides ability to capture graphics in scene by bringing various blocks into current drawing as Solid3d objects, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Feb 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Setup Guide - change default port during initial installation, employ Windows Firewall with advanced security to add inbound firewall rule, configure router, visit internet information services manager to select website containing AutodeskDM virtual directory, Alex Fielder, Design and Motion, Feb 11, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Design High-Concept Contemporary Architecture - create pyramid before applying modifiers, set geosphere with V-Ray lighting, adjust cameras to show facades of building, material components, combine render elements in 3ds Max, Juan Carlos Ramos Figueroa, 3DTotal, Feb 11, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

InfraWorks: Create Hatched Coverage Areas - create hatch pattern in photo editing application, open style palette in InfraWorks, navigate to materials tab to open materials style catalog, add new style to material catalog before opening hatched .png file, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Feb 10, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Using the Navisworks Switchback Tool - invoke NWCOUT command to export current .dwg as .nwc file, NWLOAD command to open communications between Civil 3D, Navisworks, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Feb 11, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Navisworks articles)

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Pt 2 - assess direction in which industry is moving, leverage Revit platform using toolsets, IFC linking for construction modelers, relevance of approved equipment submittals, adjust sequencing, timing, initialize MEP construction process in Revit , Matt Stachoni, AUGI Library, Feb 10, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Topo Above Structure - employ floors or roofs if geometry is of consistent thickness, shape edit them via modify sub-elements to create more topo-like surface in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Feb 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit MEP - Detail Callout Bias or Gotcha - employ floor plan type instead of detail callout while setting enlarged plan for showing nested annotations, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Revit 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Transaction Groups - prepare first transaction, open, load family document into project, call assimilate method to close transaction group in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 11, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World What's New - SOLIDWORKS 2016 features: hide/show main planes, select sketch line or arc mid point without right mouse button, degree style spline, C2 edge blend, sweep bi-direction, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - Marie Planchard talked about women in engineering, Suchit Jain talked about benefits of My.SOLIDWORK website, 3D ContentCentral site to be launched soon, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Wednesday General Session Recap - keynote speech by industrial designer Jinsop Lee, inspirational story of designer Seffi Udi, SOLIDWORKS Conceptual Design demo, SOLIDWORKS 2016 features: flatten surface enhancements, rename part, UI scales with operating system, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 3 - keynote speech by Jinsop Lee about how to design with 5 senses, model mania competition winners announced, Bruce Holway announced SOLIDWORKS top 10 enhancements, SOLIDWORKS 2016 features unveiled, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What We Learned at SWW15 About SolidWorks Industrial Design - SWID is a very early-stage product with carefully considered UI, but Windows-only product, will be sold through existing regional VAR channels, priced at $190/month with one-year commitment, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

How to Find Your Enterprise PDM Files within the Archives Directory - open SQL server management studio, connect SQL instance before running select statement against vault, pad number with zeros to set value that is 8 digits long, Guy Edkins, CAPUniversity, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Missing the 5th Tab in SolidNetWork License Manager - 5 tab SNL manager is stored in completely different location, folder structure varies depending on installation filepath, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Sheet Metal - gussets in flat patterns, sketch bend previews, PEM fasteners in hole wizard, improved mirrored sheet metal parts, YouTube, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics Tech Tip: Configuration Integration - when Plastics Integration is turned on, software load up Plastics model/simulation that matches configuration name, use Plastics 'model manager' to copy, move around Plastics simulations, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD, Pt 2 - future of cloud, web, mobile, lingering security concerns around CAD in cloud, how cloud-based CAD solutions address data management headaches, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 9, 2015 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

OSNAP: A Closer Look - invoke OSNAP command to determine geometric locations of objects, set APBOX variable to 1 to make aperture box visible, type first 3 letters of OSNAP name to activate particular snap in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

ACA: PICKFIRST Reminder - set PICKFIRST to 1 to pick objects, indicate action/commands, double click on Mtext or text before entering associated text editor, press delete to erase selected objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Changing the Default Surfer Zoom - open DWT template border, set ATTMODE value to 2, select conversion ribbon tab, tools panel to open XDATA editor, pick WD_M block, add VIA_WD_SURF_ZOOM, set required zoom level in value field, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Feb 10, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Modeling Cars Using Polygons - creating polygonal meshes with high quality curvature that produces better reflections in 3ds Max, Ali Ismail, 3DTotal, Feb 9, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Learn the Basics on Sheet Metal Defaults - create part using sheet metal template, form multiple rules to reflect different thickness, bend radii, materials, invoke loft command to apply thickness of selected rule to part in Inventor, Dave Breiner, Synergis, Feb 10, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cannot Extrude Sketch Geometry - create 4 points that constrain each to line or arc, fix line, arc so that they do not move around, constrain it to line, arc before deleting temporary constraints in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How to Use Revit Cost Summation  - step-wise process to add, report cost data using Revit, Curt Egli, Synergis, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Terminating a Family Instance Placement Loop with Esc - hit first esc key to remove PromptForFamilyInstancePlacement selection, press second esc key to abort command in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 2 - demo of SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design by Kishore Boyalakuntla of SOLIDWORKS, Michael Lord, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 3 - Gian Paolo introduces Parrot - Henri Seydoux, Karim Fargeau; Rick Chin introduces Thalmiclabs, maker of Gesture control armband; keynote speech by Bre Pettis, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 2 - SOLIDWORKS women in education award, impressive keynote speech by Dr Michio Kaku, pricing for SWID to be $190/month for 12 months, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 2- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - Richsard Doyle presented SWUGN awards: user group of year - San Antonio SOLIDWORKS user group, Michelle Pillers community award - Jeff Mirisola, Michael Lord, Feb 11, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Tuesday General Session Recap - Monica Menghini of Dassault Systemes discussed how to approach design from consumer perspective, Richard Doyle presented SWUGN awards, Suchit Jain of SOLIDWORKS discussed benefits of MySolidWorks, 3D ContentCentral (3DCC) supplier services, keynote speech by Dr Michio Kaku, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What was the Coolest Thing You Saw Today? Why, SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, of Course - SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design uses subdivision modeling, can push, pull on point on surface, create mathematically accurate version of changed surface, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The CAM Ecosystem at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - products by certified Gold, CAM partners on expo floor: BobCAM for SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, CG CAM-TOOL for SOLIDWORKS, hyperMILL for SOLIDWORKS, Shyam Venugopal, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Simulation Quick Tip: Using Result Options to Control Storing Results - right click on result options, select define/edit to open menu that allows disable stresses, strains from being saved, control steps across time range to be saved in SOLIDWORKS, Silvio Perez, HRS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

5 Reasons Mechanical Conceptual is Your Early Design Phase Solution - design freely within single modeling environment, model quickly by setting start, end position, extrude depth, animate seamlessly, validate models instantly, communicate design ideas constantly, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Self-Contact Option in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - set spring to automatically adjust itself on curved surface to make contact, visit contact, click on 'self-contact' option to select entire curved surface, view spring movement once motion analysis completes, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Making a Precise Move - locate command in right-click menu, move component using ruler, setup shortcut key to allow accessing triad faster, easier in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Changing the Document Units to Display as Fractions - visit unit settings in status bar, or visit tools, options, document properties, units to edit/specify document units in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Viewing the Future of Monitors for CAD - niche vs mainstream technologies, traditional displays won't be pushed out of the market, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

CAMWorks - Turning Introduction - programming workflow for automatic, interactive feature definition on 2 axis (single turret) turned part, YouTube, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

3D Systems + Cimatron a Done Deal - Circle Get Tighter - 3D Systems completes its acquisition of Cimatron for $97 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Feb 9, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Quick Tip: How to Paste to Original Coordinates - select objects to be copied, drag them anywhere into drawing, click 'paste to orig cords,' apply SELECTIONEFFECT to switch between highlight <1>, dotted object highlight <0> in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Feb 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

Fasttrack Align View Cube Tool - open model, select 'create ortho view' tool, form new ortho drawing, pick view angle, apply align view cube tool to choose part to be shown in horizontal plane in Plant 3D, Process Design from the Outside, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Never Lose Track of Your AutoCAD Drawing Again - right click in command line to visit options, visit 'open and save' tab, check file open option to display full path in title to make directory structure of drawing file visible, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Feb 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

4 Steps to Creating Flawless Drawings - create checklist to ensure that everything is included in AutoCAD drawing, print drawings once ready, revise printed set before re-printing set again, update checklist, Brian Benton, CAD-a-Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

BIM 360 Field - Library and Publish API Updates - automatically maintains new versions of document each time file with matching name is uploaded to project library folders, new publish API is consistent with upload functionality from UI, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Feb 6, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Fusion 360 CAM: Basic - Chapter 1 - 5 - tips to set up machine using standard version of Fusion 360 CAM, machine around part, drilling holes, solid jaw vs bad movable jaw, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Feb 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesCAM articles)

How to Add Synchronous Belts to Inventor Design Accelerator - locate default design data folder, browse to folder containing synchronous belt tables, open file using XML or text editor, change necessary information to match new belt, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 7, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge - Using the Assembly BOM to Quickly Change Properties - access BOM manager to view fields for modification next to components, apply 'choose columns' tool to add column, fill iProperties of columns to be configured in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Feb 6, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Leaders and Tags - add numbers to define priority for leader connectors, adjust connector's location relative to information if length of data in labels is beyond control in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

BIMCollab - allows measuring general progress of project by counting issues opened, solved, save designs as BCF file before uploading them in BIMCollab, group issues based on priority level, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Feb 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials, AEC articles)

Revit 2015 MEP - Calculations and Performance - performance mode improvements is intended to improve performance when working/editing large MEP system networks, settings fails to permit duct/pipe sizing, system inspector, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 1 - start VB.Net forms application, visit COM tab, add references to Solid Edge Framework, Solid Edge FrameworkSupport, Solid Edge constants libraries, create form before listing files in ListView control, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 2, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 2 - connect running instance of Solid Edge to all open documents accessed into oDocs, list all open files, double click on border of two column heads to autofit, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 5, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Solid Edge Close Multiple, Pt 3 - tips to run utility from ribbon button in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Feb 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Interview with Tushar Suradkar, CAD Renaissance Man - learning Solid Edge, CAD development using geometric modeling kernels, visualization tools, first programming adventure, influence of Jason Newell, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 9, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015: Monday General Session Recap - SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi announced SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, built on Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - General Session Day 1- Photo Journal, Pt 1 - Bertrand Sicot introduced SOLIDWORKS Inspection, SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition; Bernard Charles talked about 3DEXPERIENCE, its achievements, Michael Lord, Feb 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Live Blog Day 1 - SWID in browser, wrist-worn gesture controllers from Thalamic Labs, Parrot drones in action at exhibition floor, ThinkStation P300 workstation vs ThinkStationS30 workstation, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design: Simplify Industrial Design and Expand Innovation for Your Business Advantage - SWID accelerates product design process by providing engineers with cloud-based tool to design, collaborate on complex organic shapes, Justin Burton, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Normandy Guitars at SOLIDWORKS World Product Showcase - designed, configured, customized in SOLIDWORKS, guitars are available for play in Product Showcase at event, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Why Does SOLIDWORKS Find Stress Higher Than Hand Calculations - reasons: stress component was calculated instead of applying failure theory, gross stress was calculated instead of localized stress, wrong simulation plots are being compared to hand calculation, Brandon Donnelly, CADdigest.com, Feb 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Pitfalls of Breaking File References - tips to manage referencing part files in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS MBD - new add-in allows model to show manufacturing information rather than traditional 2D drawings, Tandy Banks, YouTube, Feb 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jon Hirschtick on the Future of CAD - need to change CAD, challenges faced by small companies, opinion about cloud-based CAD solutions, OnShape's approach to cloud, benefits of true cloud-based solutions to users, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Feb 5, 2015 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Dell Refreshes Its M3800 Engineering 'Ultrabook' - upgrade includes Thunderbolt 2 port, Ethernet dongle, from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, new display available as option, Q&A about battery life, LTE (high speed data via cell towers) option, uses of Thunderbolt for customers, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more laptop reviews)

Crowd-Sourced CAD Software Rating Report Published - SOLIDWORKS leads pack, closely followed by Inventor; ranking confirms AutoCAD's market dominance; Rhino snuck in as niche provider, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Feb 6, 2015 (more CAD industry articles)

3D Printer User Maintenance: How to Replace the Tip Wipe Assembly - completely power down system, remove purge container, remove old flicker by loosening rear screws, pulling up on flicker, Chris Harrington, CAPUniversity, Feb 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Complexity of PLM Business Models - groups, community involved into typical PLM business, explanation about each group, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Feb 5, 2015 (more PLM articles)

CFD Analysis of a Blower for a Small Dust Collector - used zero-thickness faces for blades, blade-tip-disks to simplify simulation, Richard Smith, Symscape, Feb 6, 2015 (more CFD articles)

CAMWorks - 3 Axis Mill Introduction - easily program internal cavities, external features without having to manually select faces; broad overview of finishing strategies: constant stepover, Z level, slice, spiral, radial, flowline, YouTube, Feb 5, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Episode 21: The Eight Components of Market Maturity - components are: objectives, stages and milestones; champions and drivers; regulatory framework; noteworthy publications; learning and education; measurements and benchmarks; standardized parts and deliverables; technology infrastructure, BIM ThinkSpace, Jan 27, 2015 (more AEC articles)

9 of the Best New Features in Bluebeam Revu 2015 - attach images into markup with capture 2.0, keep files up-to-date with batch slip sheeting, 'batch compare and overlay' feature, cloud+, markup tooling scaling, sketch tools, sets 3.0, spaces 2.0, studio enhancements, CloudsCarsCameras.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more AEC articles, PDF articles)

Perspectives on AutoCAD - AutoCAD has undergone changes since its inception 30 years ago, it is still expected to see tweaks to interface, small enhancements to existing commands, new commands, or may come up with re-written code, Walt Sparling, AUGI Library, Feb 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using WeakEventManager with AutoCAD Events - unsubscribe events that are no longer needed, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Insert Common SelectionSet to Folder - obtain selection sets, create search, conditions, set selection to everything before moving selection set to folder in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Purging Your Project & Minimizing Your File Sizes - select project tools panel, invoke purge command to clean data from AutoCAD file structure that is no longer part of drawing, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Feb 6, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Sketching: Quick Tips - apply input boxes while creating 2D geometry, disable persistent dimensions to avoid dimensions from getting created, reuse geometry imported from AutoCAD, employ degree of freedom to find under constrained geometry, Micheal Thomas, CAD Setter Out, Feb 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Align Drawing View to Face and Edge - apply face's normal to set camera's view direction, employ second selected edge's direction to set UpVector of view in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

AC Quirkiness, Pt 4 - Create Similar Command - select 2D/3D model in project environment, visit options under modify tab to click 'create similar' icon, avoid using model, symbolic line while using command in Revit traditional families, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Feb 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Gaps in Grids - turn on crop boundary of view to ensure it intersects grids, apply 1/4" bubble gap type to stop grid from travelling all way through model in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Customizing Templates in SOLIDWORKS - visit system options to select file locations, click add to pick newly created folder, save drawing template with/without folder in SOLIDWORKS, Suzy Chesin, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Copying Shells Between SOLIDWORKS Simulation Studies - Tim Roberts, YouTube, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Construction Teams in the Field Use Bentley Navigator to Access Models - CH2M HILL used Bentley Navigator for model review, visualization, Bentley Navigator enabled greater participation in BIM process by SpawGlass contractors team, CADdigest.com, Feb 6, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Inegi Uses ProCAST to Manufacture Customized Hip Prostheses in a Cost-Effective Way - simulation of casting process led to better filling sequence, reduced voids in hip prosthetics, CADdigest.com, Feb 5, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Introduction to DriveWorks Xpress - turn on DriveWorks, register product code, create new folder to store project, link model to DriveWorks database, complete background work needed to automate design, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Feb 5, 2015 (more DriveWorks articles)

The Impact of 3D Printing Across the Life Cycle of a Product - 3D printed models contribute to improved communication between design, manufacturing departments, Rob Stipek, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 5, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Concatenating Text Files Using ANSYS Mechanical APDL - macro to join files together using APDL command, PADT Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

How and Why We're Building Fusion - Autodesk CEO explains how Autodesk is creating 'technology platform of the future' since current design tools focus on geometric modeling but product development needs industrial design, simulation, CAM, collaboration, more, Carl Bass, In the Fold, Feb 5, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Understanding AutoCAD Backup and Autosave Files - recover data by renaming .bak extension to dwg, invoke MOVEBAK command to specify alternative folder for bak files, visit drawing recovery manager to locate/open documents that were last open when AutoCAD crashed, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Translating Between Drawing Point and Geographic Location Using ObjectARX - code to convert drawing point to geo-location, geo-location to drawing point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Attaching Geo-Location Data Using ObjectARX - sign in to Autodesk 360 account to set model space point, geo-location point in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Place Component with iLogic - inform command manager about file to be placed using iLogic, run place command to run rule in background while placing components in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Feb 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Hole Dimension Retrieved with Wrong Tolerance in Inventor - workaround is to add hole/thread note instead of retrieving dimensions from hole features, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 3, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Row in Parts List Can't Be Resized in Inventor 2015 - set text in multi-line to move size of row lines up/down, employ green grip to modify height of table, resize squashed column to set texts in single-lines, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Feb 4, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: Exporting Shared Parameters - visit create tab, properties panel to select family types tool, export shared parameter, move parameters from 'exported parameters' group to another group if group exists, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit - Secret Workset - create necessary elements for rendering model, form entourage workset, uncheck 'visible in all views' box, place all objects that are part of visualization effort on created workset, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

The Dynamo Interface - basics of Dynamo, Dynamo interface, nomenclature on Dynamo interface, function of Dynamo Canvas, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Jan 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Family Selection Node Names in Dynamo are a Little Confusing. This is What They Really Represent - family selection nodes in relation to their meaning, Marcello Sgambelluri, Simply Complex, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Shape of Display States - Form of Configurations - uncheck 'link display states to configurations' option to make display states available to configurations, be aware of active configurations, display state, manage right/left-hand variant in configurations, color variation in display states in SOLIDWORKS, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Practical Pointers: Managing Changes in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - allows adding/removing dimensions, employ compare function of 'Standalone for PDFs' to overlay revised PDF over existing PDF, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Feb 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Routing  - introduces ability to route ducting, cable trays in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal: Swept Flanges vs Miter Flanges - swept flange allows creating part, fails to create bend relief around corners, while miter flange is created on existing sheet metal part, can be used around multiple edges in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - 3 Things to Expect - new CEO Gian Paolo Bassi will keep customers focused on SOLIDWORKS, developments in field of cloud computing, feedback regarding Mechanical Conceptual, updates, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Xi MTower PCIe Provides the Best Bang for Your Buck - 3.7GHz Intel Core i7-5930K processor, 16GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K5200 graphics card, 500GB Samsung 2.5-inch SSD, lots of expansion options, excellent performance, base price $1,079, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more Xi workstation reviews)

Solid Edge Tips and Tricks, Pt 1 - make Solid Edge use all processors/cores on PC, make associative mirrored part copy of synchronous part, share material table with other users, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Feb 3, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Flow Simulation Tech Tip: Hardware Benchmarks - machine needs to be balanced, RAM should be according to size of the model, CPU/cores should be according to speed of solution, David Roccaforte, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAD hardware articles)

Application-Specific: Polar, Far-Field and Particle Tracing Plots - understanding polar plot from conical antenna model; far-field plot describes wave pattern at distances far from source in COMSOL Multiphysics, Lexi Carver, COMSOL Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Test Drive - easy setup, simplified UI, element check feature to inspect model meshes for inconsistencies, John Evans, Design and Motion, Feb 4, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles)

Educational Plot Stamp Removal Issues - employ DWG convert tool to remove stamp, select files that need stamp stripped, convert them to current format to create ZIP file with new versions of DWG in AutoCAD 2015, Jarod Schultz, Feb 4, 2015 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

How to Use the Isometric Offset Location and Rotation Settings in AutoCAD Plant 3D - employ 'advanced iso creation options - override location' settings to set output of isometric drawings, make overrides permanent by documenting them, set them in project setup once isometric drawing is generated, Joel Harris, In the Pipes, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Setting Up Isometric Dimensions to Display Alternate Units - open project setup to select 'setup title block' for isometric style, invoke DDIM command to modify AdksIsoImperial dimension style, display alternate units before saving changes to iso.dwt template file in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Michael Gulnac, In the Pipes, Feb 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Glue API Versioning and Deprecated Calls - versioning allows changes in API for further enhancement, maintains backward compatibility, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Feb 3, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Computing 3D Areas of Corridor-Related Pay Items - control computation of pay item areas, assign erosion control pay item to corridor daylight link before computing erosion control blanket area in Civil 3D, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Jan 26, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Application Manager - system tray pop-up alert notifies if any update is available, click view details link to launch application manager, sort updates, select multiple updates before starting installation of update, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Inventor Boss Command - turn on plastic tools, create work points or sketches to setup location of reference points, build head/thread side of boss before adjusting stiffening ribs, fillets, drafts, offsets, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Feb 4, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Execute vs Execute2 of ControlDefinition - 3 ways to run existing command: Execute, Execute 2 with synchronous false, true, commands with no interactive bits returns Execute(), Execute2(True) functions at same time in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Feb 3, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Family Size - tips to set appropriate file sizes so that it fulfils function in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Instance Area and Auto-Loading a Project File - employ ExtrusionAnalyzer class to determine closed loops, apply OnStartup method to set up system, open project document when Revit has finished loading, avoid retrieving parameter by name, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 4, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo for Revit - Review Design with Room Access Requirements - set yes/no parameter to indicate if room has specific access requirements, employ Python script to extract ToRoom information for all designed phases in Revit model, BIM Toolbox, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015: User Interface Tips and Tricks - ways to customize Revit 2015 UI to increase productivity, simplify workflow, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Global Variables for Feature Dimensions - employ extrude feature to create dimension with linked global variable, apply spacing, instant count parameters to form linear pattern, link offset parameter to global variable in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Feb 4, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Editing Imported Models - tips to import different 3D file formats, apply direct editing tools to modify parts inside SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Breaking Down and Creating Subassemblies - method to dissolve subassembly, create new subassemblies from assembly environment in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Top 3 Trends for BIM in 2015 - single model collaboration, BIM consulting, Dynamo will be hot topics, Edwin Guerra, BIM Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 3.0 - 3rd phase occurred from 1985 to 2015, computers became increasingly powerful, offered new paradigm of creating, inventing, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Feb 3, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Predicting Cavitation in Journal Bearings - journal bearings are typically used to support rotating shaft, considering example of dynamics of rotors on hydrodynamic bearings, Fabrice Schlegel, COMSOL Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Expert Interview with Oleg Shilovitsky of Beyond PLM on Engineering and Manufacturing Innovations - merits, demerits of PLM software, experience with CAD workstations, manufacturing BOM dilemma, difference between mobile and social PLM, CADspeed, Feb 2, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Array of Sunshine - invoke ARRAYCLASSIC command to create multiple copies of selection in either rectangular or circular arrangement, apply ARRAY command to form selection along path in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Feb 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Use More Reference Point in Your AutoCAD Block - employ MOVE command to define any point as reference, apply point parameter in block authoring palette to add invisible insertion points, set GRIPBLOCK system variable to 1 to enable grips within blocks, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Feb 3, 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Use ScriptPro to Edit Multiple Drawings in a Batch Process - create Windows text file, change extension from TXT to SCR, enter keystrokes into script key to obtain key in AutoCAD, Michael Partenheimer, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing aids tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: Take Control of the Corridor Section Editor UI - select view/edit options button on section editor tab to access display settings, apply adaptive feature to adjust frequency of horizontal/vertical gridlines, Bryan Sullivan, Envision CAD, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Add a Feature Lower in the Hierarchy - move rectangular pattern1 down below thread4 by dragging, dropping it in browser, select edit feature to add thread4 to pattern in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Feb 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Installation: A Simple Guide for Installing the Autodesk Software - click install button to begin installation of software, accept license agreement, select license type, enter product information, include service packs before clicking download button, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Installation: Quick Guide on Uninstalling Autodesk Software - access control panel to select software to be uninstalled/changed, clean up directories, delete files in temp folder, open registry editor to save current state of registry before installing Autodesk software with firewall disabled, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Dynamo and Computational BIM, Pt 1: Introduction and Resources - Dynamo is open source, visual programming tool that allows extension of parametric functionality in BIM authoring environments, Sheryl Yang, The 360 View, Feb 2, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

Revit: Residential Door Tag 2 - Reporting Parameter Example - edit curtain wall door family, open base line view of floor plans, add dimension between reference planes, name new parameters before creating reporting parameter for height dimension, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 - Adding Alternative Units to Dimensions - select existing dimension that is to be changed, pick 'edit type' in properties dialog to display type properties, choose duplicate to create new dimension family before adjusting units format, Martin Phelps, CADline, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015 - Editing Elements Interactively - press space bar to rotate element, locate any nearby non-orthogonal references as rotation candidates in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Feb 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Make a Company Logo for a Titleblock - create new annotation family, select families with RFT file extension, select 'category and parameters' button near end of ribbon to change category, add parameters before loading logo into Revit project, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Phases and Phase Filters Follow Up - show proposed work together by ensuring existing, new work is together, apply 'show all phase filter' before using phase graphic overrides to control appearance of particular Revit phase, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Feb 1, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sketch Blocks in SOLIDWORKS - create 2 concentric circles using circle sketch tool, select both circle entities sketched, specify insertion point to form 1st block, generate 2nd block representing frame before moving blocks as single entities, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Feb 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Managing Paper Drawings - obtain watermark variable in Vault, set drawing data card with watermark field for user visibility, check ‘defaults overwrites’ option, add transition action to set watermark, Cristian Fustos, Design Point Solutions, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Sketch Picture Scale Tool - employ sketch tools to sketch picture, move sketch picture nearest to desired origin, click, drag to move left/right endpoint of scale tool to leftmost/rightmost point, specify measurement, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 3, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Fasten Your Design - split model into multiple bodies to identify upper, lower housing, apply lip/groove feature to create edge, determine face, edge to be applied for groove selection, form mounting boss in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Costing - new manufacturing methods, updated stock size specification, improved costing interface, template editor, YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: Did You Know... - view selected while importing dimensions to SOLIDWORKS drawings influences placement, John Setzer, CADdigest.com, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Do You Have the Power? Pt 1 - calculate power supply unit's workload; if PSU is not capable enough, any high-performance CPU or GPU will not perform, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Jan 31, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

How to Compute the Acoustic Radiation Force - considering example of particle in standing wave pressure field, implementing perturbation solution method in COMSOL Multiphysics, comparing results to analytical solution, Alon Grinenko, COMSOL Blog, Jan 29, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Donny Don't - Remote Objects - creating multiple remote objects in ANSYS Mechanical, Doug Oatis, PADT Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Expert Interview with Zaia Abraham on Buying CAD Software and Hardware - PROCAD applications, ample RAM, reasonable graphic card if working in 3D a lot, shopping for professional monitor for CAD, regular maintenance needed to run CAD hardware, software optimally, CADspeed, Jan 31, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

What Does 2015 Hold for PLM? Predicting the Future is Never Easy - key technologies to target in 2015: cloud, 3D printing, Internet of Things, mobile PLM tools, James McKinney, CIMdata, Jan 7, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Expert Interview with Ian Nichols on CAD - Revit Zone website, use of BIM, advantages for engineer using CAD workstation, recommendation for buying CAD workstation for first time, challenges faced by engineers working in fields other than architecture, CADspeed, Feb 1, 2015 (more AEC articles, Revit articles)

Solid Edge - Rendering with KeyShot - YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials, rendering articles, KeyShot articles)

PTC's FQ1 Conference Call was a Masterpiece - despite flat revenue, PTC steers conversation towards positive news, including IoT software revenue up 99% to $8M, Americas revenue flat at $137M, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 31, 2015 (more PTC articles)

Structure Explode to Miter Handrails - employ structure explode button on structure ribbon instead of AutoCAD EXPLODE command, apply miter cut member command to miter each of piece of railing in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Process Design from the Outside, Jan 29, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Field Data Extraction 101: Working with Filters - create filters in BIM 360 Field web to display subset of data in project based on search values entered, control access to issues filters, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Managing Attachments in Vault 2015 - capture snapshots while making attachments, check process to add, detach attachments, Clinton Brown, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Associating Hyperlink with BlockTableRecord - code to create BlockTableRecord with hyperlink, obtain hyperlink collection from entity, form new hyperlink in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit 2015 and Navisworks 2015 - SwitchBack Tool - tool is used as part of design/model review process during project life cycle, employ review/clash detective tools to review model, apply suggested changes back into Revit model, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Navisworks articles, Revit tutorials)

Dispatch from Support: Controlling the Undo Command - check options for 'combine zoom and pan commands' in AutoCAD options area, access pull-down menu in quick access toolbar to undo multiple actions in Civil 3D, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Take Flight with Free-Form Tools in Inventor 2015 - create primitive mesh, establish size, radius of setting, form cylinder based on settings, modify meshed cylinder model before transforming cylinder to sophisticated shape, Nino Caldarola, Cadalyst, Jan 31, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Autodesk Inventor Libraries - characteristics of library files, library folder rules, log into vault database to work on Inventor files that are stored in vault, check steps to set up library within Inventor, Procad Software Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Receptacle Family Example - create symbolic annotation family of plan symbol, lock nested receptacle family to reference line, form type parameter in new family before adjusting side to side movement of receptacle symbol in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Jan 30, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Templates and Families are Missing - uninstall Revit Content Libraries 2015, select add/remove features, content pack of UK library, select default location of templates, families before installing content, Procad Software Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

List Pipe Sizes and More Obsolete API Usage Removal - apply CmdListPipeSizes command to obtain list of all pipe sizes that is used in Revit project, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 - Toposurface Point File Issue - workaround is to reorder columns of CSV file into easting, northing, elevation in Revit, Justin Doughty, CADline, Feb 2, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Free-Floating FEA Models - applying equivalent pressure distributions throughout structure to achieve balance, avoiding any direct constraint boundary modeling, rigid body motion, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

A Case for Simulation Governance - finite element modeling vs numerical simulation; primary goal of simulation governance is to ensure, enhance reliability of predictions based on numerical simulation, Barna Szabo, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Choosing Your 3D Printing Material: It's About More Than Strength - consider tensile strength, toughness, heat deflection temperature of materials, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printed Mold Tools for Quick Turn Medical Parts - typical steps when using PolyJet for injection molding, suitable materials, advantages: quickly, cost-effectively produced molds, reduced re-work on final production mold, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

New in Simulation 2015 - Flip Shell Orientation in Definition - employ 'flip shell top and bottom' option when defining shell, show correct preview, carry over orientations automatically into mesh, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Feb 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Move Face Enhancements - employ feature to set end conditions for offsets in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Editing Imported Models with FeatureWorks - use tool to obtain fully featured, native model faster in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Aras Touts Visual Collaboration for Latest Aras Innovator Release - Aras Innovator 11 has visual collaboration capabilities, viewables are accessible within context of product structure, processes, social functionality to make users comments, follow discussion threads, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Jan 31, 2015 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Grasshopper Integration Highlight of Latest Autodesk T-Splines Plug-in for Rhino - offers improved functionality, improvements to T-Splines creasing, new extrude along curve command, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 28, 2015 (more Rhino articles, Autodesk articles)

Using Perfectly Matched Layers and Scattering Boundary Conditions for Wave Electromagnetics Problems - truncating domains in COMSOL Multiphysics, discuss relative merits of 2 methods, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Distributed Design is No Longer a Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve to Support It - teams have become highly fragmented, global, members change all the time; Onshape is cloud-based 3D CAD system with built-in version control, collaboration, Jon Hirschtick, Onshape, Jan 28, 2015 (more CAD development articles)

Simulation Helps Look Into the Flames - CONVERGE CFD software has chemistry flame propagation model that estimates flame propagation using detailed chemistry in sensible timeframe, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Feb 1, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Interview with Jeff Walker - Director of Solid Edge Products - role at company, favorite features in recent releases, interacting with Solid Edge community, feedback from users, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 28, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

HOK's Fifth Annual BIM Awards - LG Science Park in Korea was winning project in conceptual design category; Vaikunth Residential development in India was winning project in delivery category, Washington University Medical Center renewal project won in collaboration category, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Jan 29, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Product Review: MWF - Metal Wood Framer - ease of modeling completely framed buildings, capability to produce shop drawings, information can be exported to CNC machines, other databases for fabrication, but fully modeling metal or wood framed walls overall file size by 20-30%, standalone license costs $5985 plus subscription cost of $1175, Joshua Geimecke, AUGI Library, Jan 30, 2015 (more AEC articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 4: More on Points - change Phone_Board block to remove 'alignment' parameter, add additional insertion points, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

2 Undocumented Functions - apply CopyFile function to copy binary contents of file in filestore, GetContentSourcePropertyDefinitions function to obtain list of property names contained within file in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Driving a Request for Information (RFI) Workflow Through BIM 360 Field - set up field custom property called RFI, perform workflows for QA/QC while handling flagging issues, employ BIM360 Field's webservices to extract issues that are potential RFI, Manu Venugopal, The 360 View, Jan 28, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Setting Up for A360 Collaboration for Revit - subscribe A360 collaboration for Revit, add users, create 360 team hub before generating project, inviting team members, Mikako Harada, The 360 View, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Using WblockCloneObjects Copied ModelSpace Entities Disappear in the Current Drawing - set destination document as current document to use TransactionManager.QueueForGraphicsFlush(), lock/unlock document appropriately in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Drape Roads with InfraWorks - drape feature command to conform road to terrain, un-drape road by simply dragging one of its elevation gizmos, Eric Chappell, BIM on the Rocks, Jan 30, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Limiting Joint Movement in Autodesk Inventor - apply rotational, slider or cylindrical joint limits to improve quality, accuracy of models, represent parts with realistic movements, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Jan 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Outer Profile Loop in Sketch - tips to find outermost profile loop in sketch to create temporary profile from all sketch entities in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 30, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

3 Benefits of Using Revit View Filters - create filter to include different type of objects, override appearance of interior, filter objects by parameters, apply filters in graphic overrides to gain more control, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

AC Quirkiness, Pt 3 - Adaptive Component Visibility Setting - click visibility/graphic overrides or select geometry before choosing visibility to open visibility settings in Revit, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Worksets in the Landscape - employ 1 main workset for most model work, check ways in which project team members use worksets before applying them to landscape in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get the Available Parameters Used in ScheduleFilter for a Specific Category? - apply TableView.GetAvailableParameters method to obtain parameters that can be scheduled for specific category in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Jan 29, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Advanced Sweep Feature Techniques in SOLIDWORKS - follow path vs keep normal constant, application of guide curve to control sweep in SOLIDWORKS, Vince Farrell, HRS Blog, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: How to Use Rigid and Flexible Assemblies - top level assembly consists of part, assembly document, assembly file contains linkage mechanism at subassembly level, move subassembly within context of top-level assembly for checking motion of subassemblies in designs, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Jan 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Optimize Your SOLIDWORKS Training After the Class is Complete - discusses Home Use License (HUL) that allows installing SOLIDWORKS at home on top of another license at work, Rodney Harper, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Separate Weldment Profile Standard Folder Names - employ unique standard names in each directory to avoid conflict, missing profiles in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Black Boxes in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - assign component information to black box based on connection points, or other properties that need to be assigned by using existing manufactured components in SOLIDWORKS Electrical schematics, Olly Smith, Solid Solutions, Jan 30, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 7 - Hem Feature - curl edges to explore different options within hem feature in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DeflateGate 2015: Tom Brady's Case in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - studying effect of environment in controversial pressure drop of 2 psi in football measured at halftime of AFC Championship game, Damon Tordini, HRS Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500 - enviable CAD workstation has Intel Xeon E5-1630 v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K4200 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD, excellent serviceability, impressive expandability, customization, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 20, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

PTC Introduces PTC PLM Cloud for SMB Market - based on PTC Windchill, PTC cloud offering eliminates risky SMB practice of shared folders, file naming conventions, will be available March 2015 in Standard, Premium, Enterprise packages, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 29, 2015 (more PTC articles, cloud articles)

BIM and Geospatial, Together at Last - buildingSMART International is developing IFC for Infrastructure Project that involves Open Geospatial Consortium, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Review of Handheld Scanners from FARO, DotProduct, and More - detailed summary of technical features, applications of FARO's Freestyle scanner, Mantis Vision's F5 scanner, EVA, Spider scanners by Artec, DotProduct's DPI-7 scanner, Eugene Liscio, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more 3D scanners reviews)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 2.0 - reflection of tools used during Engineering 2.0 era, which occurred from 1970 to 1995, this phase took advantage of computer age, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 28, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Why We Started From Scratch (Again) in the CAD Business - design, computing world has changed, obligation to customers, nobody else is meeting challenge, make CAD fun again, Jon Hirschtick, Onshape, Jan 7, 2015 (more CAD development articles)

CAM Consolidation 2015: The Circle Continues to Get Smaller - Cimatron acquired GibbsCAM in 2008, Autodesk acquired Delcam in 2014, metrology powerhouse Hexagon AB bought UK-based CAD/CAM developer Vero Software in 2014, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 29, 2015 (more CAM articles)

Autodesk Nastran In-CAD: Interface and Features - UI is divided between Nastran In-CAD tab, browser, list of analyses that can be run by Nastran solver, John Evans, Design and Motion, Jan 30, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, Nastran articles)

Suppress Constraints with Similar Name - use regular expressions to get ending number in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 29, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lessons from a Simple Task - Using the Pause Command in a Batch File - Autodesk Vault tutorial, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 29, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Expert Interview with Tony Glockler of Solid Professor on Continual Software Education - talk about starting SolidProfessor company, need of re-certification, importance of organization, workflow for productivity, CADspeed, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Expert Interview with Jeff Mirisola of Jeff’s Tool Shed on Seeing the Big Picture - meeting goals for blog, getting involved with SOLIDWORKS community, SOLIDWORKS vs other 3D CAD software, advantages of using CAD workstation, CADspeed, Jan 29, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

ZWCAD Deepens Cooperation with ZSP nr 4 in Krosno - easy-to-use functionalities, intuitive interface of ZWCAD+, ZWCAD Mechanical make teaching, learning easier for teachers, students at ZSP nr 4, specialized school in gas, drilling industry, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

CAD Management Predictions for 2015 - BIM penetrates rest of AEC world, cloud hype goes away, hardware technology is stable, even less expensive, software upgrades are put on hold, file security makes a comeback, process takes on new importance, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 28, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Get Organized with Total Folder Monitor - automate task of cleaning out garbage, organizing folders, converting files, set up desired parameters, Total Folder Monitor runs, keeps constant tabs on target folders, specified tasks, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 28, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

PTC Paints a Mixed Picture for FQ1 - flat revenue of $325 million, subscriptions represented 19% of 'license & subscription' solutions, software revenues from CAD, extended PLM lines were both down 13% from last year's FQ1, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 28, 2015 (more PTC articles)

The History of Engineering Design Tools: Engineering 1.0 - reflection of earliest stage tools used during Engineering 1.0 era, which occurred from 1760 to 1970, Rich Allen, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 20, 2015 (more engineering articles, CAD development articles)

Retrieving Global Name of DIMLDRBLK in Localized Versions of AutoCAD - Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Reset UCS to World for Multiple Drawings - reset UCS to World for large number of drawings by batch processing drawings from folder using AccoreConsole.exe, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD UCS tutorials)

Use Switchback to View Navisworks Files in AutoCAD or Revit - Switchback feature in Navisworks to quickly view project in AutoCAD or Revit within comprehensive workflow, Brian Meyers, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Working with Multiple Level Terminals - AutoCAD Electrical - workflow for associating terminal levels between symbols, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Customizing the Marking Menu in AutoCAD Electrical - type name of command into command search bar of CUI window, drag command from search results up into menu, Stan Wile, Terminal AutoCAD, Jan 27, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Updating Multi Value Parameter List options, and Ensuring Parameter Value is a Listed Value - Inventor tutorial, Graham Harrison, The Design Automation Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

UserForm Function Not Listed in Macros Dialog - to call function of UserForm, create function in module which will create instance of UserForm, through that form's properties can be accessed in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 28, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Q&A with Gian Paolo Bassi, New SOLIDWORKS CEO - convergence of mobile, cloud technologies that SOLIDWORKS customers are facing, revival of entrepreneurial spirit brought on by crowd-funding sites, on-demand technologies, desire to expand beyond mechanical CAD territory, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Large Rotations - Why Do My Parts Swell Up as They Spin? - root cause might be assumption that models undergo linear strain, deflections are small, getting accurate numbers, animations, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Map Materials in SolidWorks 2015 - working with built-in options for mapping materials, Matt Perez, YouTube, Jan 28, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Partner Pavilion Preview - look for GibbsCAM 2015 with UKM technology, visit OPEN MIND Technologies for fascinating hardware samples, C&G Systems for CG CAM-TOOL, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3 Must See Products at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - MakerBot 3D print zone, parrot drones, Normandy Guitars, Jeremy Regnerus, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Simulation-Led Strategy for Corrosion Prevention - Naval Research Laboratory uses COMSOL Multiphysics to study microstructural formation of corrosion in metals, which involves electrochemical, mass transport analysis, Jennifer Segui, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles, engineering analysis articles)

Distributed Offshore Engineering Teams Benefit from Extended Information Mobility Facilitated by SACS V5.7 - Bentley's offshore product line includes MOSES, SACS software, capabilities enable collaborative workflows among offshore structural engineering, naval architecture teams, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more engineering articles)

ZWCAD+ Recommended by FME and Crucial Tech - Crucial Tech selected ZWCAD+ for DWG compatibility, functionality, ZWCAD+ convinced FME with specialty, great service, CADdigest.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

AECCafe Voice Techno-Predictions for 2015 - there will be more blending of technologies like reality capture, UAVs, scanning, data management, data acquisition as service, cloud computing, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Jan 27, 2015 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Integrated CAD/CAM: Truly Art to Part - integrated CAM solutions offer consistent, familiar work flow with more powerful CAD tools, streamline implementation of PDM best practice, James Anderton, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more CAM articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 2 - open block authoring palette to apply parameters, actions, set linear parameters to set up block to allow stretching of width, depth, apply stretch frame to define parameters, grips, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Crete Complex Filters with AutoCAD Object Selection Filters - invoke FILTER command, select layer from select filter drop down menu, add criteria to filter box before saving object filters in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015 - Clever Blocks Using Northing and Easting Model Space Set Up, Pt 1 - employ point tool to add points into foundation block when creating named views, custom UCS systems in AutoCAD, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 - Clever Blocks Using Northing and Easting Model Space Set Up, Pt 2 - set up 3 named views, custom UCS systems to allow create exact northing, easting model space systems in AutoCAD, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Jan 28, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor Rule Fillet Command - employ command to easily select toughest selection sets, apply rules for adjoining features, free edges, incident edges, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create New Saved Viewpoint in Javascript - create copy of current view, new object with type InwOpView, attach anonymous viewpoint to new view before adding new view to saved viewpoints collection in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Navisworks articles)

Enable PDF Takeoff’s with Autodesk Navisworks - employ Navisworks 2015 PDF reader to add 2D PDF sheets to Navisworks project, control visual fidelity through 'resolution(DPI)' setting located in options editor, Alice Craig, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more Navisworks articles

First Look: ANSYS 16 Offers Major Advancements Across its Entire Simulation Portfolio - ability to prepare designs for Internet of Things through simulation work, ability to create 3D components, integrate them into larger electronic assemblies, new adjoint designer tool to perform multi-objective shape optimization, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 27, 2015 (more ANSYS reviews)

Which Multiphase Flow Interface Should I Use? - overview of applications, multiphase flow interfaces in COMSOL Multiphysics, interface tracking vs disperse methods, Fabrice Schlegel, COMSOL Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Simulation Software Keeps It Simple for Design Engineers - 'SimulationForDesign' platform has streamlined interface, free access to main tutorials, offers simplified pre-processing for non-simulation experts, guileless solver, post-processing for beginners, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 27, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Bolt Connector - define bolt by selecting entities of same component, employ beam element to represent bolt shank, apply rigid bar elements to connect beam to flanges, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SolidNetWork Licensing - Why Don't I Have a Free License? - difference in SOLIDWORKS Standard/Professional/Premium version depends on availability of add-ins, apply SNL license to insert appropriate license from add-ins, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Why Don't I Have Thumbnail Previews? - visit tools menu to show thumbnail graphics in Windows Explorer, check for visibility of thumbnails, if not visible restore file associations in SOLIDWORKS, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating a Wave Spring in SOLIDWORKS - tips to create complete sweep using 3D equation driven curve as path sketch for sweep, Solid Professor Blog, Jan 27, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Mc4Software OEMs ARES - Mc4 needs CAD engine for their HVAC application but Autodesk terminated their agreement; MC4 scrambled but was able to OEM version of ARES in just 3 months, Giuseppe Cozzupoli, CADdigest.com, Jan 26, 2015 (more ARES articles, CAD development articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 3: Layer Combinations - try to look at layers from layer combination point of view, never use custom layer combination for layers in saved view, try to have only one layer combination for each type of drawing, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 26, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Illuminate a Bentley MicroStation V8i Model with Area Lighting  - creating basic model, Peter Mann, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

How to Perform a 3D Analysis of a Semiconductor Device - setting up 3D semiconductor model of bipolar transistor device in COMSOL Multiphysics, ensuring that doping profiles are resolved, creating effective mesh, Matt Pooley, COMSOL Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Solid Edge Screen Capture - 'save as' option saves graphics window as image to create screen capture, recent option lets screen capture video in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 26, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Sharing CAD Files Across Systems Remains a Pain Point - 5 most annoying things in CAD: getting 3D data from one CAD app to another, creating physical simulations of working parts, assemblies, sharing files with collaborators, making late-stage changes, sharing files with clients, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 26, 2015 (more CAD translation articles)

AVEVA Sees Challenges in Oil & Gas, Growth in Power Vertical - 'Engineering & Design Systems' division that accounts for roughly 90% of AVEVA revenue, is operating to expectations, rental renewals are at similar levels to last year, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 26, 2015 (more PLM articles)

Realizing the Potential of 3D Printing - quality of 3D printers is increasing, remarkable achievements: 3D printed human liver tissues, 3D printing in space, 3D printed cars, houses, clothing, CADspeed, Jan 23, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 3: Points and Alignment - visit parameters menu to apply points with stretch, move actions, employ alignment parameter to align objects within dynamic blocks in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Are You an AutoCAD Offset Wizard? - understanding various features of offset command in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Do More Than Calculations with QuickCalc Calculator of AutoCAD - apply calculator to measure length of line, find angle of line, coordinates of point, convert units of length, angle, area, volume in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 24, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Staying on Track - apply object snap/polar tracking to draw quickly, set POLAR, ORTHO, OSNAP, OTRACK toggles in status bar to allow tracking in AutoCAD environment, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Using Environment Variables Inside AutoCAD File Path Options - apply environment variables in varied places in file path settings that is accessed via AutoCAD's OPTIONS command, add application's folder to TRUSTEDPATHS system variable to avoid secure load dialog warning, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 26, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Sharing Your Custom Content Centre Library - set correct project, configure content center libraries, locate available libraries to export, open library transfer guide before entering Vault credentials to transfer libraries to existing libraries in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Professional 2015 - Install Buzzsaw Project Sync - run client installer on PC, click on 'install tools and utilities,' select to install Buzzsaw Project Sync, visit actions tab to apply project sync settings, David Gate, CADline, Jan 27, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit Floor/Slab Edge - fix view range depending on location of elements on elevation, select one wall, override graphics in view before selecting 'by category' to change projection lines, surface transparency, cut line values, Jarod Schultz, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Isolating Elements of a Given System - create filter, assign filter to active view before setting visibility to false for this filter in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 26, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2015 - Symmetry - create configuration that includes single instance of geometry along with sketch, create manual solid mesh, specify appropriate mesh condition for model before selecting tetrahedral mesh type, set symmetrical runner option, Silvio Perez, HRS Blog, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Add a Revision Table in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - tips to include functional revision table, corresponding symbols to SOLIDWORKS project, YouTube, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 6 - Close Corners - employ feature to close 4 corners of sheet metal box in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 26, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

We Configured a Powerhouse Workstation from BOXX for Multi-CAD and Rendering - APEXX 4 Model 7901 with dual Xeon E5-2687W v3 processors is best mix of frequency, NVIDIA Quadro K2200 handles almost all requirements of CAD software, at least 16-32 GB of RAM is recommended, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 23, 2015 (more BOXX workstation articles)

G-Wizard Calculator University: Spindle Power Curves - set up spindle power curves that are based on rpms or that compensate light machines for rigidity, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Jan 20, 2015 (more CAM articles)

How to Transform Old CAD-PDM Integration Paradigms - cloud, mobile collaboration will change CAD/PDM integration paradigm in future, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 15, 2015 (more PDM articles)

Expert Interview with Mark Kiker of CADD Manager on Best Practices for CAD Managers - role of CAD Manager, future of making things, pros, cons of cloud-centric software, differences between problems, concerns, issues regarding CAD software, CADspeed, Jan 23, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2014 - 2 main benefits of MBD, effectiveness of MBD for collaborative communication, consider example of creating digital technical package for CNC profile operator, Denis Morais, Waveform, Jan 20, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Publishing Sheets Using the SSM in Autodesk AutoCAD - create .dsd file within publish dialog box,  then just load that up, print using that file, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Jan 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD sheet sets tutorials)

Smart Parametric Dimensioning Using Formulas in AutoCAD - visit parametric ribbon, dimensional panel, select diameter, aligned constraints to apply dimensional constraints to rectangle, circle before adding new listing user parameters in palette, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD Tip: Increase XLIST Dialog Box Width - edit XLIST.DCL file, increase column width to view full layer name if combined length of drawing, layer name exceeds 31 characters, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Reporting for Civil 3D Duty - open edit report settings dialog, click expand trees icon, customize name, capitalization before adjusting coordinate, elevation, linear, angular, station settings in Civil 3D, Scott Hacker, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Reading Network Part Description - obtain parts list of network, get information for each size, check if name matches before returning part family name in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Shimming Your Knowledge- Changing Dimension Display in Autodesk Inventor - expand dimension display menu, apply value, name, expression, tolerance, precise value options to show dimensions in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add External iLogic Rule to Event Trigger - create template/seed document by hand that has event triggers setup, copy settings into other documents in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Check Assembly Interference - employ utility to achieve files, folder structure, copy complete set of files to another location while retaining links of copied reference files, Chris Turner, CADline, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Fixing Overridden Dimensions - select all overridden dimensions on current drawing sheet, hit delete to delete all overridden dimensions in Inventor, Clinton Brown, CADline, Jan 26, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: How to Get Shared Parameters from Project to Family - visit extensions tab to select shared/project parameters, set location of file, configure parameters to be copied into families, pick run from shared parameter converter dialog box to update families, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sifting Through Unreferenced View Tags in Revit, Pt 2 - visit manage settings to select type of temporary tag to be created, replace reference labels with text, save family with new name before using them in drawings, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting the Wall Elevation Profile - employ ExporterIFCUtils.SortCurveLoops method to sort outer, inner loops, modify underlying geometry curves first before creating model lines from them in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 23, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Fatigue Curves in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - characteristics of S-N curve, ways to get it, entering S-N curve information into SOLIDWORKS, Brandon Donnelly, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Basics of the Sweep Feature in SOLIDWORKS - employ minimum of 2 separate entities to control shape, ensure if path intersect plane of profile, apply pierce relation to allow point pierce axis, edge or curve in another sketch, Vince Farrell, HRS Blog, Jan 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Weldment Mitered Corners for Three Members - click on node in corner to edit structural member feature, change trim order to 2 to change corner to miter all 3 members in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 23, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 5 - Patterning and Mirroring - pattern, mirror features in SOLIDWORKS sheet metal part, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 24, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Assembly Layout Sketch - use layout sketch in assembly to control placement of equipment in shop, YouTube, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

UrbaWind and UrbaSun, Innovative Software for Smart and Digital Urban Areas - CFD software for wind flow, energy, solar radiation fluxes, energy computation, generates digital maps used to achieve sustainable city planning, eco-districts, green building construction projects, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more CFD articles, AEC articles)

MapleSim Does Calculations at ABB Crane Systems - ABB Crane Systems, supplier of automation electrical systems for container handling and bulk handling cranes, including ship to shore cranes, used MapleSim to suppress swing motion, CADdigest.com, Jan 22, 2015 (more Maple articles)

solidThinking Inspire 2014 - intuitive UI, excellent new solver technology, new sketch plane features, reliable Boolean tools, but impossible to work on 2 problems at once in discreet workspaces, price starts from $7995, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 22, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

Internet of Things: What It Means for Designers and Their Companies - interview with Brian Thompson of PTC, Diego Tamburini of Autodesk about how IoT trend affect designers, engineers create products, will CAD/CAM/CAE tools, technologies change, how do designers prepare for IoT future, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2015 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Cloaking Advancements for Flexural Waves in Elastic Plates - invisibility cloak is created by applying specific combination of pre-stress, body forces to metamaterial plate in COMSOL Multiphysics, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Jan 22, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Interview with Dick Gebhard, Father of Resilient Modeling Strategy - talk about sequel: Resilient Assembly Strategy, allows to remove parent-child relationships, 'morph' models replacing multi-body parts, handling products that rely on their 'skin' for appearance, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 22, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

Make a 3D Speaker in AutoCAD - using solid, surfacing tools: LOFT, TORUS, SPHERE, SLICE, PRESSPULL, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more AutoCAD 3D modeling tutorials)

Yet Another Way to Go from 3D to 2D in AutoCAD - create SectionPlane family of commands to produce 2D drawing, cross-section views, invoke ViewBase commands to generate 2D views from 3D models, Bill Fane, Cadalyst, Jan 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

How to Add Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 - employ quick action toolbar to customize AutoCAD drawing area in classic look alike view, open drafting, annotation workspace in previous version to import workspace of AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Two Commands in One Mouse Button - define time-sensitive right click settings in options dialogue, activate option to select among quick or longer click, else pick default, edit, or command mode settings in AutoCAD, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Create Your Own AutoCAD Shortcut Keys - type CUI in command line, create keyboard shortcut by placing command in keyboard shortcut list before assigning shortcut to command, Scott Wilcox, Frozen Layers, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Entity Selection to Modify Properties - employ CommandFlags.Redraw to ensure that AutoCAD highlights selected entities before modifying common properties in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 22, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Civil 3D Cogo Points: Sub-Item Grips - create point, set label style to 'Point#-Elevation-Description,' select point, hover cursor over square grip before selecting toggle sub item grips to grab each individual point label component in Civil 3D, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Attach Content Center to Vault 2015 Through the ADMS Console - extract ANSI libraries, copy them into location with other libraries for Vault, attach libraries until all libraries are loaded into Vault, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 22, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Power in a Mid-Year Extension - exploring new features in Vault 2015 R2, manually adjusting revision level, automatic revision bumping, Mike Thomas, AUGI Library, Jan 22, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Keep Your Interop Up to Date - Interop describes all of objects, functions in Inventor API, converts .Net API call into native COM call, Brian Ekins, Mod the Machine, Jan 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 iLogic - Accurately Position Drawing Views - code to set lower left corner position of drawing view 1, drawing view 2 on sheet 1 in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 23, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Component Occurrence Cannot be Renamed - remove kNonShapeEditCmdType flag from DisabledCommandTypes property of assembly document to rename document, occurrences in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 22, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

HighlightSet Does Not Work - declare variable globally to prevent it from running out of scope in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Site Analysis with Detail Components - create 2D view-specific elements using 2 options: generic annotation/symbol, detail component, apply shape handles of detail components to allow easy re-sizing of elements in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo - Spanish Roof Tile Generator - filter surfaces, find perimeter curves of each surface, locate valley, mountain vertex from polycurve, hips, valley curves before placing families in proper location, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Jan 22, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 3 - Edge Flange - tips to apply gauge table, change length, radius, angle of edge flange in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 4 - Cut - method to form extruded cut in sheet metal part, apply normal cut, link to thickness features in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 22, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Common Errors and Troubleshooting Tips - incorrect restraint application, tips to stabilize model, global contact, deal with mesh errors, check plot for result precision, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Material Madness: Provide Libraries for Customers and Suppliers - create new materials library through material management window, Cody Pendzich, CADdigest.com, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Mingfeng Packaging Upgrades Luxury Packaging Design with ZW3D - flexible solid-surface hybrid modeling technology of ZW3D helps designers obtain free interoperation between solid, surface modeling, optimize 2D design efficiency, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more ZWCAD articles)

Special Feature: The State of the Union on Mac CAD - update on state of progress on Mac CAD industries, latest developments in new software products for industry, future of Mac CAD hardware, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 21, 2015 (more Mac articles)

Review: HP Z640 Workstation - Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU, 64GB DDR4 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K4200 graphics card, offers solid, well-built chassis, great customization, processing power to handle demanding design visualization or simulation workflows, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 20, 2015 (more HP workstation reviews)

How to Create ANSYS Workbench Parameters and Named Selections with NX - go to ANSYS tab, click on 'NS manager' in NX-ANSYS ribbon, select entities to name, enter name, press OK, new named selection is added to 'ANSYS named selection manager' in NX, Simon Pereira, ANSYS, Jan 21, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Improving the Power of Optical Systems via Component Design - adaptive optics: removing unwanted effects of optical medium, modeling adaptive optics systems with COMSOL Multiphysics, Nikola Strah, COMSOL Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Interview with John Miller, Senior VP of Mainstream Engineering - background, role at company, making business easy with 3rd-party developers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 20, 2015 (more Solid Edge articles)

Architectural Patterns - Utilizing 3D Visualization - architectural 3D modeling solutions are used for 3D exterior, interior modeling, help customers visual image of finished project with use of smaller scale, Learn AutoCAD, Jan 21, 2015 (more AEC articles)

ArchiCAD Basics: Align and Distribute - Jared Banks, Shoegnome, Jan 21, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD Save (Three Different Ones) - employ QSAVE, SAVEAS, SAVE commands in AutoCAD to save drawing with current file name, continue using saved drawing with new name, save drawing with new name while continuing with old name, Scott Wilcox, Between the Lines, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Basic Dimensioning in AutoCAD - understanding dimensioning tools like linear, aligned, radius, diameter, angular, baseline in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Basics of 3D Co-Ordinates in AutoCAD - align UCS to view, object, face, show/hide UCS, change origin of UCS, work on different planes in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Getting Tool Palettes Organized, Pt 1 - access hidden system variables in AutoCAD by adding add *_ before command, employ ToolPalettePath command to switch between numerous versions of ToolPalettes, invoke DIESEL command to switch tool palettes, Justin Ralston, C3dXtreme, Jan 18, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Civil 3D 2015 - Convert Free Curve - visit profile layout, select convert free curve option to avoid disappearance of vertical curves when opening saved drawing in earlier version of Civil 3D, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Jan 22, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Tracking Entity Handles Through BEDIT - open new drawing in AutoCAD, run StartTracking command, apply BEDIT to newly created 'test' block, check messages in command line to track entity handles, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 21, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating Hard-Surfaces in 3ds Max - create hard surface modeling to establish base meshes, define meshes, suggest details to pieces, apply TurboSmooth trick to work without too many edge loops, make ammo belt before adding lighting, textures, Victoria Passariello, 3DTotal, Jan 20, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Mind Those Reference Planes - open family, select center reference plane, set it to 'not a reference,' set other center reference plane in same way before loading them back to Revit project, Philip Chan, Phil-osophy in BIM, Jan 21, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Bridging the Gulf - employ instance visibility parameters to select shutter position, switch off glass in left/right views to avoid appearance of thick black line, adjust section boxes in Revit family editor, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Make a Snowflake in SOLIDWORKS in Ten Easy Steps - for simple — not unique — snowflake, create one half of 'branch,' extrude, mirror, then create circular pattern, John Setzer, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

My.SOLIDWORKS: Features & Hidden Benefits - highlights: buzz, training, drive, manufacturing network, support, my VAR, browse to my.solidworks.com, click 'join' at top right corner, Crystal Yazvac, CAPUniversity, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Cables with the SWE Dynamic Connector Tool - download/build 3D part, create manufacturing part in database, apply component wizard to define part electrically, invoke insert connector command to create schematic connections before placing connector parts inside SOLIDWORKS modeling space, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM - System Tray Icon 'Blueberry' Visibility - obtain EPDM Vault access by automatic/on-demand login, click triangle in taskbar to access hidden icons, select customize to change behavior of each icon, hover cursor over ‘Blueberry’ icon to view tooltip name, Jim Krivoshein, InFlow Technology, Jan 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 1: Base Flange - invoke base flange command to add base flange in SOLIDWORKS, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sheet Metal Video, Pt 2: Bend Tables - tips to specify bend allowance or bend deduction values for sheet metal part in SOLIDWORKS bend table, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn, Learn SOLIDWORKS, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Design Library Features - creating design library feature to increase design automation when working with weldments in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - New in 2015: Linear Patterns - comes with 2 modes: spacing, instances mode that allows adjust spacing between instances, total number of instances in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 21, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SL RASCH Collaborates with ESI to Achieve Architectural Excellence in Mecca and Medina - shading umbrellas protect faithful at Mecca but flexible, lightweight surfaces presented challenge to analysts seeking to predict survivability in high wind conditions; ESI software used for fluid-structural interaction; ESI CFD was also used to analyze effect of wind on hands of a clock on world's second tallest building, CADdigest.com, Jan 20, 2015 (more CFD articles)

EPC and AE Firms Cite Significant Project Delivery Improvements Resulting in Lower Costs - Bentley products, their inter-platform exchange capabilities help improve design quality, reducing design errors, providing better plans to minimize risk, resulting in high-performance project delivery, CADdigest.com, Jan 15, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Establish a Pattern of Learning - focus on strengths, have general knowledge of main programs being utilized as whole, gain wisdom, develop network of talent, attend conferences with colleagues, teach others, David Barker, AUGI Library, Jan 20, 2015 (more CAD training articles)

What's with Them? - most talked about companies, products in design/engineering software in 2014, how they will be trending in 2015, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 29, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Lab 4: Glue API Web Intro JS - tips to select element in viewer, obtain property using Glue API, The 360 View, Jan 20, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Measuring Area Using Hatch Command in AutoCAD - advantages of HATCH tool over AREA command that is used to calculate areas in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Counting Objects in AutoCAD - apply QUICK SELECT tool to count or select objects based upon specific criteria assigned to it, Jaiprakash Pandey, Source CAD, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 Error: acewstr.dll Module Not Found or the Driver AceRedist is Missing - repair or uninstall Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010, reinstall it before restarting computer, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor 2015 - Export High Resolution Images - visit file menu, image export option to export file in image file format, adjust bitmap settings of image export to improve quality, David Gate, CADline, Jan 21, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Icon of Newly Created Sketch Constraint Stays Visible - create new constraints in sketch, allow visibility of constraints' symbol in UI, call Document.Update to make constraint icons disappear in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 20, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Realities - MEP Interior Elevations - copy/monitor both walls that are required to constrain elevation, create interior elevation once walls are in place, delete walls, ceilings that were copy/monitored in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get Mirrored Result After Calling ElementTransformUtils.MirrorElement - run Application.DocumentChanged event to obtain mirrored element(s) directly in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Detail Components in the Landscape - employ keynote parameter of components to tag element based on predefined keynote database, opt among in typical, in section, in families, in plan ways to detail components in Revit landscape, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Material API Workarounds - create families containing pre-setup materials, load families into project through API before deleting them, Chris Price, Revit Rants, Jan 20, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo - Vertex Separator - join curves to polycurve before exploding to each curves, reorganize order, directions of curves to avoid errors, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Equipotential Conflict - SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks, Pt 2 - enable symbol, generate report to activate equipotential conflict DRC, check Equipotentialconflict_Metric checkbox to scan schematics for any wires, display symbol on wires, generate table report in document list, Joe McDiarmid, HRS Blog, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Why Conic Fillets Rock - compares standard with conic fillet, advantages of using conic fillet for creating great blends in SOLIDWORKS, Jay Pinheiro, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Productivity Tips - employ OCR tool to capture dimensions, select multiple characteristics from bill of characteristics table to specify property for entire selection, duplicate balloons without capturing another dimension, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Find Venting Issues Earlier with SOLIDWORKS Plastics - go to fill setting, select venting analysis button to turn on analysis, run flow to check areas of high pressure in SOLIDWORKS Plastics, Steven Schaeffer, CADD Edge, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Is Your SOLIDWORKS Inspection OCR Language Lost in Translation - start inspection project, visit options dialog box to access inspection options, select appropriate language under notes selection in imaging/OCR, project options, Scott Lidgey, Javelin Technologies, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Customizing the Context Sensitive Toolbars in SOLIDWORKS - employ context sensitive toolbar to avoid unnecessary mouse travel, customize toolbar by adding new commands in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 20, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Sheet Metal Cone Pattern Cut - convert solid cone into sheet metal, pattern cut feature along curve driven pattern in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jade Crompton's New Approach to 3D Printing - making ceramics more artistic with SOLIDWORKS, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Q&A: Jade Crompton’s New Approach to 3D Printing, Pt 2 - perspectives on future of 3D printing, boosting creative energy, advice for pursuing design work, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

About Fusion 360 - interview with Kevin Schneider of Autodesk about Fusion 360 vs Inventor, Mac, Windows versions, pricing scheme, FEA, CAM programs compatibility with Fusion 360, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

New Technology in the Construction Industry: The 10 Best Innovations of 2014 - vehicle-mounted HDS scanning system: Pegasus Two, drone surveying, 3D concrete printing, smart highways, kinetic roads, solar roads, Project Tango, Curt Moreno, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Help Clients Visualize Outdoor Living Spaces with the DeckWorks 2.0 Plug-In for Vectorworks Software - plug-in provides all symbols, colors, textures, objects, steel deck framing, aluminum railing systems, for designing outdoor living space using Trex product line, Christina Speiden, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more Vectorworks articles, AEC articles)

Thermal Submodeling in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical 15.0 - obtain more accurate results in small, detailed portion of large model without having to build incredibly refined, detailed finite element model of complete system, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Expert Interview with Scott Sweeney on Reusing CAD Models - talk about Kubotek 3D products, customers' biggest complaints, monitors useful for CAD designers, frequency to update CAD workstations, CADspeed, Jan 19, 2015 (more KeyCreator articles)

Where Did the Coordinate Readout in the AutoCAD Status Bar Go? - click customize button, select coordinates from customize menu to add coordinate readout to far right side of status bar, Donnie Gladfelter, CAD Geek, Jan 19, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modifying the Contents of an AutoCAD Xref Using .NET - understanding working of CRX, CHX commands to modify external reference, load linetype before applying that to all circles in its modelspace, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Do's and Don'ts with Orthographic Views - take care of moving/editing geometry, unlocking, scaling viewports, changing layers of objects that can break views, adjust linetype or LTSCALE, modify annotations to produce error-free orthographic views in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Quentin Contreras, In the Pipes, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Autodesk Inventor Grill Command - invoke command to create openings in parts normally found in plastic part design applications instead of using iPunchs, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Transform of Derived Part in Part Document - assign modified DerivedPartTransformDef object back to DerivedPartComponent.Definition in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 16, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit: Ceiling Pattern will not Move - select object for which move disjoin option is active, click move tool, uncheck disjoin option on options bar before pressing ESC key twice to exit command without actually moving selected object, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 17, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2: Libraries and Template Not Installed - uninstall/change Autodesk Revit Content Libraries 2015 from control panel before selecting libraries to be installed, else copy libraries, templates from another user having content installed correctly, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Structure Tutorial - Structural Opening Families - create metric generic model.rfa family template, form void extrusion, sketch rectangle, lock all 4 padlocks to constrain geometry, create subcategory before loading 2D structural opening symbol in Revit, Autodesk Revit Structure, Jan 19, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Hubs Kicks Off 2015 with its January 3D Printing Trends Report - most wanted 3D printers: Ultimaker 2, Form 1+; highest rated desktop 3D printer: Form 1+; highest rated industrial 3D printer: Projet 3500 HDMax; top print city: New York, Andrew Wheeler, 3D Printing Industry, Jan 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Five 3D Printing Trends for 2015 - industrialization is key, customers' interest in colors technology growing, small printers been pushed back from focus, metals 3D printing getting popular, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Finding a Way Ahead for Manufacturing - ABC TV Interview with Autodesk's Patrick Williams - Autodesk to invest up to $100m in 3D printing companies over next few years, A2K Technologies, Jan 16, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - What's Known, Some Speculation & a Few Other Plans - Bre Pettis, Michio Kaku, Jinsop Lee will be main keynote speakers, Michael Lord, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

4 Cool Features from SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2014 You Might Not Know About - But Should - enable Get version command in SOLIDWORKS add-in, customize columns view with user defined custom columns, view child quick Information from top parent of assembly, employ automated cache management command to manage cache, Timothy Ng, HRS Blog, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Exploring the SOLIDWORKS CommandManager - visit tools, customize option to access CommandManager, press 'use large buttons with text' option to remove titles of each button, double click floating command manager to revert to last docking position, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 19, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Property Tab - A Much Overlooked Feature - visit property tab to create properties, populate property tab for part, assembly, drawing, weldment files, select part in graphics window to enter custom properties for that selected component in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Jan 18, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Adding Foreshortened Diameter Dimensions in Detail Views - employ model items to import diameter dimension from model into section view before dragging dimension to detail view in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 16, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

CMM Data Import in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - invoke auto-assign command to allocate CMM mapping to ballooned characteristic automatically, else right click on dimension, select 'find CMM data results' to assign characteristics to dimensions, Jean-Pierre Chalhoub, Javelin Technologies, Jan 17, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

University of Ulster Relies on PAM-STAMP to Develop an Engine Nacelle Lipskin Preserving Laminar Flow - jet engine's nacelle needs to be made longer to preserve laminar flow; new sheet metal manufacturing process was needed to achieve draw depth required; PAM-STAMP sheet metal simulation software was able to verify that new process would work before it was used, CADdigest.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more CAM articlesFEA articles )

BIM Interoperability Dreams Can Come True: Creating a Unified Model for Documentation and Design - consider strengths, weaknesses of structural analysis, documentation program, involved element types, file types, required plug-ins, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Jan 16, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Optimizing Built-In Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors - miniature sensors that regulate automobile performance are designed in very particular way to operate properly while housed directly on moving automobile tires; they need to have sensitivity to pick up measurements while in motion, durability to withstand elements; buckling problems, how they can be analyzed, Laura Bowen, CADdigest.com, Jan 16, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Provides Power in a New Package - affordable, entry-level ISV-certified tower workstation has 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E3-1276 v3 processor, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 GPU, 8GB of 1600MHz RAM, excellent performance, perfectly suited for CAD, price starts from $729, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Mobile Apps for Designers and Engineers on the Go - Sketchbook Mobile, Autodesk AutoCAD 360, ForceEffect, GrabCAD Workbench, Solid Edge Mobile Viewer, eDrawings Pro, Engineering Cookbook, Engineering Handbook Lite, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Jan 15, 2015 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

3D Imaging in 2015: Outlook Good (and Bad) - introduction of 3D imaging to professionals will create need of education, training; raising prices for services will be tough, Sam Billingsley, SPAR Point Group, Jan 12, 2015 (more 3D scanning articles)

Taking UAVs Beyond Line of Sight - PrecisionHawk announced 'Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System' solution for UAVs; Ascending Technologies has partnered with Intel to use Intel's Realsense 3D sensors in obstacle-avoidance system for small UAVs, Sam Billingsley, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more CAD development articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 3 - tips for 2D milling, customizing menu, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Top 5 PLM Trends to Watch in 2015 - greater complexity of cloud PLM implementations, demand to manage complex product information will be growing, new type of manufacturing companies will be attracting focus of PLM vendors, growing interest in mobile enterprise PLM solutions, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Jan 15, 2015 (more PLM articles)

HyperWorks Gets Vibration-Specific Fatigue Simulation - works with mixed random, deterministic loading sources to provide fatigue life, damage predictions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 15, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Install SketchUp - double click on the install file, make sure verified publisher is Trimble Navigation or Google, grant installer permission, setup wizard initiates after install files are unpacked to computer, Designer Hacks, Jan 15, 2015 (more SketchUp tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Dynamic Blocks, Pt 1 - 2 options to create geometry for dynamic block: create, block, edit in block editor or start block editor, create geometry, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Jan 16, 2015 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Lab 3: Glue API Web Intro - login, obtain list of projects, models, display model, apply Web Form when choosing project in Microsoft Visual Studio instead of Win Form, The 360 View, Jan 15, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Dimensioning an External Angle in AutoCAD 2015 - set SECURELOAD to 0 to allow AutoCAD load code based files without warning, specify trusted locations if SECURELOAD is enabled to avoid display of warning dialog every time drawing is opened, Streamlined Design, Jan 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Renaming Referenced Catalogs in Plant 3D Specs - rename/move original catalogs to get warning signal if parts are not found, employ SQLite database editor to fully change name of referenced catalog in spec, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Jan 15, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Managing Trusted Locations in AutoCAD 2015 - invoke angular dimension command, press enter to select vertex where 2 lines join, pick point on each of 2 lines that make up angle before defining location of dimension line, Martin Phelps, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic: Export File and Increment File Name - locate name of current Inventor file, check if .stp file exists in same folder as .ipt file, click 'yes' to open export folder to check results, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheetmetal Cone and Unfold/Refold Bug - employ revolved surface, thicken approach, change selection to angle before thickening surface to make unfold/refold functions work properly in Inventor, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Change Icon of ClientFeature Node in Built-in Browser Pane - obtain first, second features, create client feature definition, add part features to client features before creating client node resource in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 15, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Lighting Analysis Add-In for LEED Calculations in Revit - download appropriate Revit version, locate add-in on 'analyze ribbon' tab, place cursor over lighting analysis ribbon, hit F1 to open help menus, visit project browser to view schedules list, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Scaleable Landscape Families - employ scale by spline method to scale splines if either endpoint is moved, scale by planting family if planting family is nested into another planting family in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

ExporterIfcUtils Curve Loop Sort and Validate - apply SortCurveLoops, ValidateCurveLoops methods to sort set of curve loops, perform validity checks on list of curve loops in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS TolAnalyst - SOLIDWORKS premium add-in performs tolerance stack-up analysis, determines effects of tolerances on parts, assemblies, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - Version Column - apply feature to add visual feedback as to current version of any file, add new column, set user permissions, update permissions on groups to allow visibility, Darin Grosser, DASI Solutions Blog, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

EPDM - Attached; Missing Information - message gets displayed when registry keys were not removed, local vault view was deleted, recreate vault view to get rid of message in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Advanced Sweep Feature Techniques - tips to use guide curves when creating sweeps in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 15, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How a Soccer Ball Can Fool a Goalie - The Magnus Effect - pro soccer players are able to kick ball with trajectory that bewilders defenders; spin plus surface of various soccer balls are studied with fluid dynamics software, Ed Fontes, CADdigest.com, Jan 13, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Construction Organizations Leverage Richness of i-models - companies finding use of Bentley portable i-models can save significant project costs, Jan 13, 2015 (more AEC articles)

CH2M HILL Leverages Bentley Apps for Timely, Actionable Feedback from the Field - CH2M Hill using Bentley mobile apps to synchronize project documentation; Bentley's ProjectWise Connection Services reduces risk of using outdated information by assuring that only most up-to-date design files, project data, including PDFs, are in use by teams in field, Jan 14, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Catching Design Errors Earlier with Geometric DFX - incredibly easy to learn, use, very interactive in its quick navigation, useful in providing natural technical interpretations, price of software pays for itself by reducing number of ECOs, saving time, cutting costs, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, Jan 15, 2015 (more MCAD articles)

How Much CAD Software Can You Manage? - keep system well configured, standardized for proper project execution, constantly strive for best practices, establish in-house expert for rendering, visualization needs, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Jan 14, 2015 (more CAD management articles)

CD-adapco: Why We Changed Our CAE Licensing - 2 two distinct licensing approaches: power session for one large job, distributed over multiple cores; power token for family of design, distributed over hundreds of cores, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 14, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

CAD Manager Tip: Bentley Licensing - 'custom activation groups' functionality in SELECTserver help create new activation key for site, limit products associated to it, Dave Wahl, Envision CAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Top 9 CAE Issues from Simulation Industry Summit - design centric workflow, ease of use and/or usability, analysis, simulation before CAD, impact of web, cloud, mobile devices, capturing, reusing of knowledge, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 14, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

ACA Display Themes - 5-step process to create display theme in AutoCAD Architecture: create property data formats, property set definitions, display theme style, attach property set data to objects, activate display theme, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Jan 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Autodesk's 3D Electronics Printer - announced partnership with Voxel8, 3D printer provider; Autodesk will provide '_Project Wire_' software tool to place components, route 3D wires, output multi-material print data for fabrication, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Inventor 2015 - Modify Content Centre Part Geometry - obtain copy of existing content center family, employ 'replace family template' command in content center editor to modify geometry of master part, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 Stress Analysis - Split Thin Bodies - visit model to edit split feature, change it to split solid, employ 'find thin bodies' tool, apply bonded contacts between thin body, solid bodies before running analysis, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor 2015 - iLogic: Delete All iLogic Rules in Entire Assembly - install Vault, lock released files properly to prevent edits, else employ iLogic code to build collection of rules, delete all rules in document before looping through all referenced docs in assembly, Luke Davenport, CADline, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Inventor Tips & Tricks - Secondary Features in Frame Generator Members - set up part that is to be published in content center, employ structural authoring tool to conduct necessary modifications, create reliably controlled secondary features before extruding to work plane offset from end plane, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Pass Parameters to an iLogic Rule - pass rule arguments using functions available in IiLogicAutomation interface for external clients, iLogicVB for internal clients in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 14, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 4: 3D Cut Pattern - set view to coarse detail level, activate section box to allow Revit automatically apply poche material to edges, revert to hidden line view to display hatching but not shading color, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Jan 15, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Subcategories - Really? - tips to content creators before loading snippet of predefined view template in project, after loading families from manufacturers into project, subcategory naming guidelines in Revit, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Jan 14, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Varying Render Modes: Main Model and Digger - ensure if render mode is set to desired detailed view mode, select render tab or invoke 'update views with selected actors' command to vary render modes for detailed digger view, main model in SOLIDWORKS, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 6 - right click on mesh icon to obtain mesh details, generate aspect ratio plot to determine places where mesh control should be applied, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Replacing a Part in a Drawing in SOLIDWORKS - right click on drawing view, select replace model option to replace part that is in drawing with new part with hole in it, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Running a T-SQL Query - log into Microsoft SQL server management studio, click file options to open SQL server query file, check parameters like archive server name for any modifications in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Custom Weldment Profile Creation - determine size of sheet metal to obtain basis of custom weldment profile in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 9, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - 3D Sketch Basics - select 3D sketch option from command manager, rotate environment in isometric view when sketching in 3D in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Solving Design Challenges with SOLIDWORKS 2015 - latest version has ability to create asymmetrical fillets for surfaces, parts, assemblies, to flatten 3D design into 2D presentation, CADspeed, Jan 14, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Delcam ArtCAM Pro 2015 for CADCAM - new putty tool for modeling, realtime creating, editing of 3D shapes, can identify all vectors created in one direction automatically, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 13, 2015 (more ArtCAM articles)

Reimagining the Veterans Memorial Tunnels - landscape designer Jon Altschuld talked about SketchUp help in decision-making process, communicating/collaborating with other colleagues, SketchUp extensions used, transition from SketchUp model to final Vue renderings, Josh Reilly, SketchUpdate, Jan 13, 2015 (more SketchUp articles)

Lab1: Hello Glue World - visit library package manager to install RestSharp, set login request to authenticate user to Glue platform, specify JSON/XML format of login response, check helper functions to define parameters, timestamp, signature, The 360 View, Jan 8, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Lab 2: Glue API Intro - tips to retrieve model, display it in embedded viewer using security/login, project, model list, display component/viewer services, The 360 View, Jan 13, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

Making Property Selection Filters in AutoCAD - invoke quick select tool, select drawing area, open object type selection box to find objects present in drawing, set property related with selection, apply QSELECT command to count objects, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Irrigation for Geeks - How I Built My Fully Automated, Open-Source Watering System - create digital representation by capturing house, garden plan in AutoCAD, employ sketch dimension values to accurately scale, dimension drawings, build electronic controller using H-bridge before scheduling system, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Viewing Face Normals of a Mesh - code to check normals of faces that depends on order of vertices while defining face vertices in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD P&ID 2015 - Show Equipment Tags on Page Connectors - open OffPage connector block, add attribute definition to show tag of equipment item on connected drawing, Andy Davis, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

AutoCAD P&ID 2015 - Custom Annotation Style Unavailable - workaround is to add attribute definition into block that contains TargetObject.Tag, set invisible property to yes to prevent it from displaying, Andy Davis, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Custom Steel Framing Using 'Opening By Face' - stimulate cut of beam with opening by face, plates, obtain recess into 3 cantilever beams, place model line to mark start of 4" recess point before setting opening in beams in Revit, Matt Johnson, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Adding Terrain Data in InfraWorks - open global mapper program to check descriptions of elevation, raster formats in Civil 3D, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Civil 3D 2015 - Apply Superelevation to Corridors  - tips to add superelevation values to horizontal alignment to affect creation of road channel in finished corridor, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Jan 13, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Reset Inventor File's Model Browser Name - select, hold name in model browser, delete entire name, hit enter to reset model browser name to file name, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Using Frame Generator - create design view representation that just displays skeletal model, ground skeleton to origin once inserted in model, place framing members before creating miter using miter command in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Jan 13, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Speed Up Your CFD Solutions Using Flow Freezing - with 'flow freezing' enabled for particular iteration in SOLIDWORKS Simulation, solver concentrates on solving only energy calculations, assuming pressures, velocities remain constant, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tech Tip: 5 Ways to Secure Your Proprietary Model Data in Composer - blur model from measurement using Secure 3D Brush in SOLIDWORKS Composer, add global distortion on save, control who can open your files by adding password, limit functionality of file with rights manager, limit life of files, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tips You Should Know for January - tips to lock rotation on all concentric mates, double-check component properties while in assembly, convert entities, make coincident smart mate, Jenn Precopio, CADimensions Blog, Jan 13, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A CAMWorks First Time User Talks - Q&A about challenges solved by CAMWorks, seamless integration with SOLIDWORKS, ease of use, SOLIDWORKS-style UI, Diane Mitol & Alex Doronenko, CADdigest.com, Jan 13, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

Review: solidThinking Inspire 2014 - ability to split up model into geometry as design spaces, built-in analysis tools for optimization process, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 12, 2015 (more solidThinking reviews)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 2: Do You Need That Layer? - no need to keep specific layers for certain tools, different stories, section views or elevation views, minimize graphic layers, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 12, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Automotive Rendering Artist Doug Didia Shares Tips - Q&A about managing rich CAD data in KeyShot, difference between using professional rendering and animation program, combining various different elements into single image, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Jan 2015 (more rendering articles, KeyShot articles)

OpenRoads Tip: 3D Elements from Survey Data - OpenRoads will display MicroStation solids, surfaces or mesh elements in both dynamic, graphic cross sections, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Jan 12, 2015 (more InRoads articles)

Linearity vs Non-Linearity - material linearity is when material is considered under purely elastic conditions; non-linearity is more accurate representation of curve to accommodate plastic region of material's stress-strain graph, Scott Cunliffe, Micro Concepts Simulation Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Can Autodesk's Spark 3D Printing Platform Succeed? - company announced $100 million fund to seed 3D print initiatives, has finishing, post curing device on the way, is building up platform for systems, services to communicate efficiently, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 12, 2015 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD Layer Tips and Tricks - tips to create new layers, application of crossing window in layer dialog box, undo everything when working in layer dialog box, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Jan 11, 2015 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Selecting a Linetype and Applying It to a Set of AutoCAD Entities Using .NET - obtain pickfirst selection set, IDs of selected objects, check if selected entities have same linetype before displaying linetype dialog with common linetype selected, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 12, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit to BIM 360 Glue Improvements - latest release offers enhanced viewing of materials, color support, object names, model tree hierarchy, property support allows better ways of mapping properties for BIM 360 field, Lee Mullin, Beyond Design, Jan 12, 2015 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles, Navisworks articles, Revit articles)

Add Hole in Multi-Body Part Document - select solid body part, apply HoleFeature's SetAffectedBodies function to insert multi-body part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Jan 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Limiting Joint Movement - One Approach to Creating More Powerful Autodesk Inventor Models - apply rotational, slider limits to allow parts to rotate around axis, slide along axis/plane, both rotational, planar constraints can be used for cylindrical joints in Inventor, Cassie Smallwood, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

How Glossy Would You Like Your Furniture? - employ Inventor tools to add lookup list, force uppercase, complete mandatory fields before saving part, select design settings from Woodwork for Inventor ribbon to create custom iProperty, Graham Mansfield, Making Wood Work for You, Jan 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Cross-Training Platforms - benefits from using Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP platforms together, importance of Revit puzzle, monitor changes in other linked models with copy/monitor tool, encourage collaboration to improve business relationships, Kimberly Fuhrman, AUGI Library, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit articles)

Revit Tutorial - Roof Crickets and Flat Roofs - tips to create adaptive component or modify sub-elements of roof in Revit, YouTube, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimension Sketches Faster Than Ever - click on sketch located in system options tab, tick ‘enable on screen numeric input on entity creation' checkbox to add dimensions, apply fully define sketch tool to set dimensions of complex geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Goals in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - purpose, definition of goals with reference to global, point, surface, volume, equation goal types, Joe Galliera, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Good Vibrations: Frequency Response Graphs in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - frequency vs mode number graph, effective mass participation factor graph, cumulative effective mass participation factor graph that allows understanding model's dynamic response effectively, Jonathan Armstrong, HRS Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Convert DWG to SOLIDWORKS - import wizard to import DWG/DXF files directly into sketcher, employ 2D to 3D toolset in SOLIDWORKS to convert geometry from 2D sketches into full 3D model, Rod Mackay, Javelin Technologies, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips: How to Manage Quantities in Inspection Reports - capture radius dimension, visit characteristics manager to list multiple options, ungroup characteristics by selecting 'ungroup' option, Mathieu Fourcade, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 12, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

HP Designjet T3500 Large Format Multifunction Printer Perfect for Small and Midsize Engineering Departments - suitable for SMBs, easy-to-setup, excellent all-in-one large format printer, print resolution 2400x1200 optimized dpi, 128GB virtual RAM, available for US$19,200 with 3-year warranty, Jim Lucas, CADdigest.com, Jan 12, 2015 (more large format printer reviews)

Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect 2015 - extensive Vectorworks Graphics Module-based features, animated transitions between views, new hidden line rendering mode, ability to turn off colors in OpenGL mode, new level constraint system for stories, curtain wall tool, gradient opacity control capability, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Jan 9, 2015 (more Vectorworks reviews)

CNC Boring an Engine Block with CAMWorks - create assembly comprising of block, set up indexing parameters, check tolerances by probing bores in X, Y direction, Daniel Lyon, HRS Blog, Jan 9, 2015 (more CAMWorks articles)

New Features of HSMWorks 2015 - improvements for multiple CPU systems, adaptive roughing, improved 3D capabilities, more visually accurate simulations, CADspeed, Jan 10, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAM articles)

Draw a Circle with Radius Tangent to Two Objects - activate LINE command in AutoCAD, click on point A, write @210<30, hit ENTER key, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Electrical: Custom Company & User Icon Menus - create new folder, map folder to drive that each user's computer can access, copy icon menus into folder, create/rename new text document before opening new dat file to add symbols, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 4 - employ Star Wars API to obtain opening crawl text for various episodes, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Displaying Modal and Modeless HTML Pages in AutoCAD - understanding usage of Application.ShowModalWindow, Application.ShowModelessWindow APIs in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Adding Help Files to Subassembly Composer - right click on subassembly, create .chm file, compile .htm file for subassembly with .chm through HTML help workshop in Civil 3D, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Jan 9, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Geotechnical Module 2015 - Civil 3D - improvements include workflows for fault geology modeling, allows importing data from .ags, .csv sources, offers seamless integration with HoleBASE SI, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Jan 9, 2015 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

An Exercise in iParts, and a Little Bit of Sharing - employ Microsoft Excel to edit part tables, edit member scope, edit factory scope to easily adjust iParts, to generate all iPart members in hurry, select using Shift+Left click, generate files in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 11, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

BIM Simplify Commands in Inventor 2015 - add 'Simplify Panel' to 'assemble' ribbon, add 'simplify' using 'show panel icon' on last panel in ribbon, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 9, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Top 5 Tricks to Views in Revit - work in 3D view, cut sections, elevations, select temporary view properties to temporarily disable view template, apply rewind option to rewind through view, set query to hide CAD layers, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Jan 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 3: Curtain Pattern Grid Size - create new curtain panel pattern based family, open instance properties of grid to change grid size, pattern in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Jan 12, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a View Filter - open visibility graphics dialog box, visit filter tab, click edit/new button to open filter creation dialog box, else go to view tab to open filters dialog box in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Jan 9, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Editor Glitch: Catalog Files That Use Formulas - form masking region, assign radius constraint, generate parameter link, catalog text file, load family into project before checking test sizes based on family types created in Revit, Michelle Van Kolck, BIM Boom Bam, Jan 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Parametric Bridge - apply Hummingbird plugin for Grasshopper to export geometry from Grasshopper to Excel spreadsheet, Hummingbird plugin for Revit to import that Excel spreadsheet, BIM 42, Jan 10, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

3D Printing Material and Support Build Options - choose visible surface style: enhanced or normal; part interior style: sparse low density, sparse high density or sparse double dense; support style: basic, sparse, smart, or break-away, Jon Lawrence, CAPUniversity, Jan 9, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Grows Beyond 'Gimmick' Stage and Takes Center Stage at CES 2015 - significant aspects of 3D printing: materials are becoming more utilitarian, software for optimizing 3D printing machine, education, classroom 3D printing, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Equipotential Conflicts: Design Rule Check, Pt 1 - tips to scan project for mismatched wires, potential shorts, other errors, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Component Terminals Not Connected: Design Rule Check, Pt 2 - check if symbols, parts are being wired schematically in SOLIDWORKS drawings, YouTube, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Components Missing Part Assignment: Design Rule Check, Pt 3 - identifies components in project that is without manufacturer part assigned to prevent accidental omissions of components from BOM, YouTube, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tips for Working with Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS - load assembly in lightweight mode, each component is loaded only with minimal data, save assembly as eDrawings file to reduce file size, Solid Professor Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

VISI = Medals and Titles for Skeleton Racers - VISI CAD/CAM solution has helped Bromley Sports manufacture Olympic sleds for 22 nations preparing for next Winter Olympics. Co-Founder Kristan Bromley is a 1x World Champion, 3x European Champion, 4x Olympian, British #1 for last 19 years at skeleton racing, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more VISI articles, CAM articles)

Virtualizing AEC Skillsets Across Office Locations - Hanson Professional Services, a 400-member design firm, faces problem when sharing data, skills across its teams in various locations, each with its own data sets, Panzura puts data on cloud, is able to save Hanson $40K in IT costs per year, CADdigest.com, Jan 7, 2015 (more AEC articles, cloud articles)

Migrating from Mastercam X6 to X8 - copy X6 files from current location into folder with easy access, mimic folder structure in X6, select migration wizard in Mastercam X8, set file locations to start migration, Mike Steelman, Prism Engineering, Jan 7, 2015 (more Mastercam articles)

Is 3D Printing a Simple Case of Press Print - reality of creating 3D printable model, considering example of customized design of prosthetic hand, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 8, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Pt 1: LEGO and Layers - don't have ArchiCAD files with unnecessary plethora of layers, based on inappropriate criteria, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Jan 7, 2015 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Expert Interview with Jimmy Bergmark About AutoCAD - services offered by JTB World, biggest issues faced by CAD users, trends happening in the field of CAD, tips, tools offered by JTB World, CADspeed, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Performance Issues Related to ESET Antivirus - open advanced setup settings for ESET, check applications that ESET need to ignore when accessing protocols, Darin Green, Synergis, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Changing the Item Lifecycle State - discusses steps to figure out states, transitions, update item object in Vault, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Jan 8, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks, Pt 2: Visibility States - demonstrates steps involved in creation of dynamic block in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FunctionSense, Jan 2015 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

How to Transfer Your AutoCAD Settings to Another Computer? - enter options in command line, select 'open and save' tab, visit profiles tab to set current profile under available profile, save file before clicking import on profiles tab in another PC, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 3 - refactor vertex definitions to generate polylines, add them to database in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 8, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit MEP API Leveraged for Construction - importance of integrated SysQue model for encouraging collaboration between architecture, structural, MEP trades, role of cloud for content, connectivity, BOM, activate SysQue Connect to add fittings at desired angle, Kenneth Eastman, AUGI Library, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Annotating Cable and Wire Service Types in Revit 2015 - create label that refers to service type parameter from conduit component, save, load family, apply 'tag all' feature choosing saved conduit tag, Dennis Collin, CADline, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Text Padding Nodes - employ PadLeft/PadRight node to add padding characters to left/right side of string, specify if any string is to be used for padding unlike custom node in Revit, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 8, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Independence for Elevation Marks Everywhere - employ interior elevation marks in 1/2" plans, create dummy tag with open parameters that can be managed manually, duplicate mark, hide unwanted duplicates using design options in Revit, Revit Beginners, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Assign BOM IDs and Edit Tables in SOLIDWORKS Composer - assigning BOM IDs manually, automatically with workshop, adjusting table, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tutorial: Drawings with Exploded Assembly View and Bill of Materials discusses steps to create exploded view, bring assembly into new drawing, create bill of materials before selecting parts in assembly to attach numbered balloon to assembly, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Jan 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Path Length Dimension - expand dimension fly-out in command manager, select number of sketch entities to be included in path length dimension before adding sketch entities in path length property manager, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Drawing Notes with a Leader Line from the Top - create new drawing, insert annotation inside rectangle, select rectangle, text before going to annotation toolbar to generate blocks, clear lines from the block entities selection box to retain only note, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Multiple Installations of SOLIDWORKS Best Practices - run setup.exe, choose individual installation, add serial number if not populated, select new install, modify install locations before finishing installation, Dave Padelford, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Which SOLIDWORKS Products Do I Have Installed? - launch 'my products' tool to obtain quick snapshot of software installation, SOLIDWORKS product line, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Reference Entity for Angle Mates to Prevent Flipping - select any linear edge on components used in angle mate, ensure if edge is parallel to both selections, pick any quadrants in selector to convert to obtuse angle, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Downloading 2D Footprints & 3D Models - visit traceparts site to download components in manufacturer parts manager for SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015: Spline Leaders - adding spline leader to existing balloon, Matt Loron, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Jan 8, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

An Experienced CAD Teacher Tests Vectorworks 2015 - easy learning curve, straight forward basic drawing operations, built-in features provide solid introduction to BIM, available for $3,395, Rande Robinson, CADdigest.com, Jan 8, 2015 (more Vectorworks reviews)

2014 CAD Survey Results - decrease in percentage of unemployed CAD engineers, significant rise in number of CAD workers in full time employment, percentages of workers contented at work also increased as compared to that in last year's survey, CADagency, Jan 2015 (more CAD management articles)

Review: ANSYS SpaceClaim 2015 - updates to automated creation of corner reliefs, greater support for lathe work preparation, ability to quickly extract profile from turned components, to work with mesh data, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 7, 2015 (more SpaceClaim reviews)

FARO's New Freestyle3D Handheld Scanner - lightweight, comes with Microsoft Surface tablet, scans up to distance of 3 meters, captures 88k points per second, accuracy greater than 1.5mm, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 7, 2015 (more 3D scanners articles)

Shortcuts in the Interface - shortcuts in Solid Edge for mouse-based view manipulation, keypoint selection, advanced Synchronous edits, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Jan 7, 2015 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Serial and Parallel ANSYS Mechanical APDL Simulations - studying effects of varying parameters considering parameterized MAPDL macro called build_solve, Carlos Shultz, PADT Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

Review: Fujitsu Celsius C620 with Teradici PCoip - 1U device with Intel Xeon E3-1280v2 CPU with clock speed of 3.6GHz, can support maximum of 32GB RAM with 4 x 8GB DIMMs, offers relatively simple solution for remote CAD over one-to-one connection, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Jan 5, 2015 (more CAD hardware articles)

Casual Corridors: Removing the Bow Tie - modify frequency, sampling settings, add curve to bend, apply custom assembly in region along with gradings in AutoCAD, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 2 - create MText with font information embedded in contents rather than separate style, set theme music, generate random numbers to define stars, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Customizing Content Center Fastener Names in Inventor - create custom library, edit entries under designation column in family table, select column properties from context menu, publish changes back to content center before placing fasteners in assembly, John Hackney, Design Engineering, Jan 7, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

The Vault Service is Alive and Well - Why Can't I Find the Data Management Services? - open web.config file in notepad, change sslRequired key from true to false, type IISRESET at windows command prompt to bounce service, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Carriage Returns in Revit Schedules - drag cursor to right or left, clicking forward or backspace to get to appropriate character, reassign text to any paragraph, add parameter that creates invisible narrow column to force return, Cesar Escalante, Ideate, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials

Unable to Delete Project/Folder Through Revit Server Administrator - try to remove lock through Revit Server Administrator, check for model-level, administrator-level locks if non-removable, delete super.lock file to manually clear administrator-level lock in Revit, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials

Getting a Handle on Curvy Part Geometry - generate sketch entities on bent surface, create reference dimensions to splines, form new flattened geometry in new configuration/body before setting path length dimension in SOLIDWORKS, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sketch vs Feature Order in SOLIDWORKS - right click on name of part file to switch to flat tree view, ensure sketches are in correct order before creating features in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Managing Contacts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - employ interference detection tool to determine faces to be used, create contact visualization plot to visualize type of contact, define stress plot to create contact pressure plot in SOLIDWORKS, Paolo Olmos, HRS Blog, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Special Dimensions - methods to obtain arc length dimension, angle dimension without construction geometry, angle mates without construction geometry for lines, Solid Apps Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating an Exploded View in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - visit configuration manager, right click on configuration to be displayed, choose new exploded view from context menu, suppress features if current configuration contains bolts or minor elements to be excluded, Chris Johns, Infinite Skills Blog, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Power Surfacing v2.0 for SOLIDWORKS - organic, free form surfaces design plug-in for SOLIDWORKS helps constrain power surfacing points, establishes tangential connectivity to NURBS surfaces/solids, curvature display/analysis, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 7, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Detect Collisions Between Components in Assemblies - Charn Jivaphaiboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Create a Spring That Compresses - generate spring that will compress in context of assembly, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3 Approaches to Lightweighting - solidThinking Inspire, netfabb Selective Space Structures, Autodesk software offer design guidance, restructuring of solid part, fast design-space model validation, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more engineering analysis articles)

3 Criteria for Assessing CFD Convergence - consider residual values, solution imbalances, quantities of interest, Mike Kuron, ENGINEERING.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more CFD articles)

Expert Interview with James Woodcock on Trends to Watch in 3D Printing - long-term implications of 3D printing, most exiting innovations in industry, most useful tools for designing for 3D printing, need of evolution of CAD workstations, CADspeed, Jan 6, 2015 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Rise of Cloud-Service Facilitators, the Blurring of IT Boundaries - Mainframe2 is offering cloud services to vendors who want to deliver SaaS products, has GPU-acceleration feature, plans start at $199 per month, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more cloud articles)

CAMWorks - Air Segment Offset  - solves issues with rough mills, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

New Piezoelectric Modeling Interface in COMSOL 5.0 - simulating piezoelectric devices, adding damping in dynamic analysis, selecting Acoustic-Piezoelectric interaction, Supratik Datta, CADdigest.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

No, AutoCAD LIMITS is Not Obsolete - LIMITS command to set invisible drawing boundary in model space, reset model space units, type limits to turn on LIMITS checking, apply grid snap to work together with limits, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Jan 2, 2015 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Fixing Potential Cross Reference Errors - perform project wide AUDIT, DWGAUDIT, component cross reference, update signal references, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Jan 7, 2015 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Autodesk Vault Pro 2015 - Cyclic Backup Script Using Rename - apply rename instead of copy or move in copy routine to eliminate secondary write-time when Vault becomes large, Kim Hyde, CADline, Jan 7, 2015 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Recommended Procedures for Installing Autodesk Products - login as administrator on local computer, visit user accounts, click on manage user accounts before ensuring that group next to user name is set to 'administrators' option, Jon McCoy, MasterGraphics, Jan 5, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

Introduction to Revit Macros - create module to store macros, generate macro before starting macro coding in SharpDevelop window, insert comments in code to understand purpose of code, run build solution command before running macro, Troy Gates, AUGI Library, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Create a Sanitary to Vent System Transition in Revit - place toilet, connect piping to toilet, highlight upper pipe, drag end of pipe up away from tee, change system type parameter from sanitary to vent in Revit, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Jan 7, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Sifting Through Unreferenced View Tags in Revit - organize project browser by 'not on sheets' option to sort views that are not on sheets, set defining criteria to define new filter, select categories before outlining filter rules in Revit, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 5: Roof Cricket - open OOTB GenericModelPatternBased template, draw point directly on top of adaptive point 2, select recently placed point before drawing reference line between newly created point, adaptive point 4 in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Dynamo: Custom Node, Integer to String - Zero Padding - set up custom, integer slider node to specify number of digits desired, employ number node to provide integer to be converted to string, check 'run automatically' toggle to display results as calculated, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 6, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

EPDM - What Makes a Good EPDM Admin - ability to form solutions, make company-wide decisions, good understanding of company's policies, processes, general computer skills, schedule time for maintaining SOLIDWORKS EPDM updates, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Electrical Currents - SOLIDWORKS 2015 Electrical Schematic Top Features - improved design rule checks, environmental archive, display different line widths for each wire, construct formulas with formula manager, create connectors with dynamic connector tool, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Does SOLIDWORKS Use Multiple Cores? - 4 core processors are excellent for most SOLIDWORKS users as numerous hidden programs run along with SOLIDWORKS on any typical PC, turn on hyper-threading in BIOS to allow multi-threaded application run faster, Jack Wilson, CADtek Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Enhanced Angle Dimension in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - select line when using smart dimensions, cross-hair will be displayed on vertex, select one of arms of cross-hair, preview dimension is then created between line, imaginary vertical line, Michael Lord, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Meshing Issues with SOLIDWORKS Simulation - check for any interferences, follow procedure for all parts that are in assembly to assign contacts quickly in SOLIDWORKS, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Jan 6, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 - Title Blocks - edit project document properties, then edit title block to pull up data, Jeff Jordan, YouTube, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Direct Editing - move face, delete face to obtain desired geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A Lenovo User Rates the New Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 - entry-level tower is suitable for small businesses, has own DVD drive, can be set up as Windows or Linux server, available for base price of $679, Elise Moss, CADdigest.com, Jan 6, 2015 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

ANSYS Icepak: Diverging Residuals, Find and Fix the Problem - diverging continuity residuals indicate conservation of mass problem, plot velocities to locate problem region, consider creating air block in region of interest to more finely control the mesh, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more ANSYS articles)

What Materials are Used in 3D Printing? It's More Than Fantastic Plastic - plastic, metal, Graphite, Graphene are being used for 3D printing, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Dec 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Expert Interview with Mirza Coralic About BabaCAD - free, user-friendly software for creating technical designs, customization options for users, most recommend features by users, CADspeed, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

AVEVA Snaps Up 8over8 for Contract Execution Management - ProCon capital project risk management software platform creates alerts that notify contract managers of change requests so that true impact can be assessed, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Jan 5, 2015 (more PLM articles)

CAMWorks - Customizing the Toolbar - YouTube, Dec 24, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

BCF Reader - select BIM Collaboration Format report, load Word template to allow application retrieve all styles, save report in new Word document, BIM 42, Jan 5, 2015 (more AEC articles)

Top AEC Trends for 2015 - Autodesk VAR Microdesk sees UAVs (drones) will be more accessible, applied to 3D scanning while virtual reality technologies, such as Oculus, will allow unprecedented interaction with building, site designs, CADdigest.com, Dec 15, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 5 - AEC Obscure - select obscure tool from obscure/crop flyout to invoke AecLineworkObscure command, check options before specifying extents of obscuration area when using AecLineworkSubtract command, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

A Different Way to Create an Ellipse or Oval - draw rectangle, select it, start PEDIT command, choose spline option, select oval, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Recreating the Star Wars Opening Crawl in AutoCAD Using F#, Pt 1 - employ F# type provider mechanism to access Star Wars API, retrieve opening crawl text, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD articles)

Using PhysiJS for Collision Detection in AutoCAD - create rotating mesh, solids that will be grounded, any other AutoCAD solids that can be imported as Three.JS meshes, add XData to driven, grounded solids with reg appname set to PHYSIMESHTYPE, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Importing AutoCAD Solids to Three.js - discusses code that highlights changes to import AutoCAD solids into Three.js, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Jan 5, 2015 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Real Time Rendering with Marmoset Toolbag - export fire extinguisher mesh, apply edit normals modifier to check normals of object in 3ds Max, import FBX mesh of fire extinguisher in Marmoset Toolbag software before adjusting camera options, Soni Kumari, Cgtuts+, Jan 1, 2015 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

The Family Man's Family Template - start new family with one out of box templates, create additional reference plans, constrain reference plans before adding solids in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Jan 3, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tutorial - Overhead Line Trick - tip to allow overhead lines automatically update with canopy in Revit, YouTube, Jan 5, 2015 (more Revit tutorials)

Easy Macros, Pt 2: Query Face Geometry - open SOLIDWORKS document with solid/surface body before running macro, locate right API method in help file, access ISurface interface, set up DIM, SET statement to access identify method, Rhyc Sandberg, HRS Blog, Jan 5, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM Tech Tip: How to Use an Options File for EPDM in 2015 - open blank text document in Notepad to set group to assign rules, set reserve licenses, timeout period, save file before opting to activate/reactivate software license, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Creating Threads in SOLIDWORKS for 3D Printing - create profile sketch, helix by sketching circle before using helix or spiral command, form swept cut once profile sketch, path is ready, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Use Blocks - ways to create, edit, save, insert blocks into title block before editing fill color in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - How to Turn Off Auto Log In - option to allow user select log in name in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Dec 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Drawings Top Ten List from Years Past: SWW2013 - wishes to create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles, zoom to fit should ignore view bounding boxes on drawings have been implemented in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Creating Custom 2D Image Library Components - create images in SOLIDWORKS Composer, change paper space in properties pane, used align camera feature to get correct orientation of model, Holly Cheek, HRS Blog, Jan 2, 2015 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

MODO 801 Gets More Refined - new snapping tools, Nodal Shading system, improved UV mapping, new method of laying out animations using Spacing Chart, onscreen controls, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more MODO reviews)

How to Set Realistic Boundary Conditions for FEA - considering 2-part assembly with contacting latches, checking stress levels, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Jan 1, 2015 (more FEA articles)

Same Hardware, Different User Experience - low-end workstations vs high-end PCs, how factors justify increase in price, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

New Dawn for 3D Reality Computing - more sophisticated scanning hardware, easier manipulation of captured data, shrinking costs contribute to bright forecast for technology, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD development articles, rapid prototyping articles, 3D scanners articles)

2014 Wasn't That Bad, Was It? - product introductions from 2013-2014 will make for eventful 2015: software for rent, apps, tablets, augmented reality, 3D, Internet of Things, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Dec 30, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Top 3 Predictions for CAD in 2015 - 3D printing market is in for big changes, global market for CAD to increase substantially, production jobs decline as need for digital workers explode, CADspeed, Dec 31, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

BIM 4D for Construction Scheduling has Created Wonders in the AEC Industry - benefits of BIM 4D modeling, understanding techniques, methods of construction scheduling, Bhushan Avsatthi, architosh, Dec 23, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Interview with Matt Johnson, All-Around Solid Edge Powerhouse - enthusiasm for Solid Edge, acquiring in-depth knowledge on related topics, favorite enhancements in last 2 releases of Solid Edge, advice to young engineers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 31, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

3D Printed Bearings Have Arrived - linear bearings rely on low friction material construction that is only possible with 3D printing and new material developed that is 50 times more abrasion resistant than typical filament, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Slim Down Your Drawings with the PURGE Command - purge unused blocks, dimension styles, layers, linetypes in AutoCAD, get rid of zero-length lines, empty text objects, obsolete DGN linestyle data, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Editing the Value of a Block Attribute - using EATTEDIT command in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 101 Series - Dynamic Blocks - discusses 2 parts of block namely parameters that are defining points/properties of block, actions, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Work with AutoCAD Electrical 2015 in Autodesk Vault - verify Vault working folder details, right-click on WDP project file to check-in Electrical files to Vault, turn on 'create visualization attachment' option to view drawings in Vault Explorer, Alex Karan, Cadalyst, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk in the Classroom: An Interview with Don Carlson - Q&A with Don Carlson about Autodesk Education, design tools, facilities offered to students, educators, educational institutions, authorized academic partner vs authorized training center, Mark Kiker, AUGI Library, Dec 23, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Autodesk Application Manager - Update Readme - tips to expose details of update, view details link to Readme, click on 'local files location' to specify folder under which updates are stored, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Jan 3, 2015 (more Autodesk articles)

How Much Can You Tolerate? Using Tolerances Inside Autodesk Inventor Models - add tolerances per number of decimal places as title block, select dimension properties to set tolerances, edit sketch before adding special tolerance in sketch, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Dec 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Are Your Autodesk Inventor Drawing Views Moving on Your Sheet? - visit drawing tab under application options to set view justification option before creating any drawings within Inventor, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Jan 2, 2015 (more Inventor tutorials)

Create 2 Sets of Annotation Symbol Tags within the Same Family - visit create tab to generate symbols, form new family types, parameters to control visibility of symbols, assign parameters to elements in family model before saving family in Revit, Learning Revit, Dec 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 4 - employ generic model family with model lines in lieu of profile family if nested profile is required, create division from either surface or line when family is to be repeated in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Top 10 Configuration Variables for OpenRoads - understanding configuration variables that are used as pointers to standard resource files, folders for projects, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 29, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

OpenRoads Tip: Attach Media Files to Survey Data - select survey element, element properties, click ellipses icon, browse media file to attach, click on accept button to attach media, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 30, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Dynamic Connector Creation - apply connector wizard tool to manage specific tasks associated with connector pin management, choose symbols styles from connector symbol management wizard for schematically representing connectors, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2015 - What's New, Pt 3 - parallel approval mapping, predefined transition comments, rollback enhancements, new move permissions, icons, reformatted table formats, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Dec 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Goldilocks and the Bend Parameters - implement bend parameters into part when flattened, divide bend area into neutral axis to calculate areas representing compression, tension in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Dec 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Block Attributes in DraftSight - create basic block geometry, open block attribute definition window to add block attribute, define geometry, text as block, apply EditBlockAttribute command to edit block after block is inserted in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more DraftSight articles)

5 Mistakes of a Rookie CAD Manager - attempting to fix problems of last company when in new company, implement change based on personal preferences, confusion related to strategic goals, real work-problems, trust-issues with colleagues, Paul Munford, AUGI Library, Dec 25, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Add Patterns Around Holes in MicroStation V8i - tips to create patterns, hatches around enclosed area in MicroStation, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Make Your AutoCAD Training Grow Roots - understanding working of files, display, system, user preferences, selection, 3D modeling tab located in options dialog, drawing aids, drafting tools, disaster recovery/avoidance tips to increase AutoCAD productivity, Dat Lien, AUGI Library, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, CAD training articles)

Quick Tip: Set a Viewpoint from the Quick Access Toolbar - set view to specific position, enter -VPOINT, note numbers, open CUI, right-click on view, viewpoint to duplicate before modifying properties in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Dec 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Is Your AutoCAD Ribbon Text Missing? - locate buttons panel name, tab name, expand CUI ribbon options, locate correct tab, panel, select output-plot, page setup manager before changing display text from page setup manager to page setup, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Attribute Extraction - create data extraction template, select objects within current drawing to extract data, adjust display name to override name of object, set properties to be extracted before choosing output types for extraction, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical 2015 - Its Freezing - visit project ribbon tab, tools panel, select utilities, appropriate radials for items to be fixed in AutoCAD Electrical, Miles Nicholson, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Newly Inserted Block Does Not Show in AutoCAD Mechanical - apply TransactionManager.QueueForGraphicsFlush() to flush graphics of block to UI, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Dec 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Mechanical tutorials)

Automatically Add Tasks to the Navisworks Timeliner - discusses auto-add functionality within Navisworks to streamline process of creating simulation, Brian Meyers, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Profile Locking in Civil 3D - allows anchoring profile geometry points to alignment geometry points, display notification icon at each affected geometry point to display notifications, check options to modify selected entities or delete affected entities, Tyler Stewart, Civil & Infrastructure Blog, Dec 23, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change Surface Style with Civil 3D API - right-click on surface object, select 'edit surface style,' switch to display tab to show surface style dialog, Daniel Du, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Dec 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Show Angled Wings Square to Sheet in Revit - create, utilize scope boxes in project file to generate multiple views of the same area, show exact same portion of building in each view, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Dec 25, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 2: Embedding Walls within Walls - apply cut geometry tool to select exterior wall before interior partition, invoke join geometry command to join vertical exterior wall to horizontal exterior wall in Revit, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 3: Bringing It All Together - unlock adjacent layers to create brick ledge, join geometry of each exterior wall to adjacent foundation wall to make brick ledge consistent at corners of foundation walls, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2011 - Type Catalogues - allows creating content on mass, specify exact type of family types to be loaded into project, Stuart Tanfield, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 5 - employ L-bracket with internal sharp corner to determine effect of subsequent mesh refinement on stress results, access mesh control to regulate maximum element size on selected entity, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Design Rule Checks - An Introduction - visit command manager to access standard report template that is designed to scan project, click project tab to view list of DRC templates in SOLIDWORKS, Joe McDiarmid, HRS Blog, Dec 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Min & Max of Enterprise PDM: How to Force Users to Input into a Text Fields - enter minimum selection alone to allow user enter some minimum number of characters in description field, apply maximum character limit to restrict users from giving long directory names in SOLIDWORKS, Guy Edkins, CAPUniversity, Dec 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Using SOLIDWORKS to Design a Ring - create outer diameter to insert wrap feature, extrude second cylinder, turn off merge check box, apply untrim command to restore holes in center of surface, set thickness when symbols are untrimmed, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Automating SOLIDWORKS for Pool Liner & Cover Design - import pool measure pro data, select CSV file, enter project information to create new pool project before importing pool data points in SOLIDWORKS, Eric van Essen, Javelin Technologies, Dec 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Detect Collisions in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Assemblies - steps to detect, resolve colliding surfaces within SOLIDWORKS assembly or design, Dean Kerste, YouTube, Dec 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Analysis Determines Luxury Hotel Curves Can Burn Poolside Guests - 57-story Las Vegas hotel's curves look beautiful but focus sun's rays into pool area, causing intense sunburn, even melting plastic; ray tracing was combined with multiphysics CAE to assess heat generated as sun sweeps across sky, Bridget Cunningham, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

French Mold Maker Integrates 3 Vero Software Packages - leading mold, die tool maker uses wax model injection technology, integrates WorkNC CAM software with WorkXplore 3D file viewer, WorkPLAN custom manufacturing solution, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Reengineering of a CAM Engine - new GibbsCAM UKM engine simplifies highly complex, multi-axis machines, software design allows easy geometry creation, toolpath strategies for complex machines, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more GibbsCAM articles, CAM articles)

The Value of Clean Modeling - finding, fixing flaws in Shaker trestle table model using SketchUp, David Heim, SketchUpdate, Dec 22, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

The Quick View Cube: A New Way to View Geometry - quickly manipulate modeling view, orient it to any of common orthographic projections in Solid Edge ST7, Steven Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Kenesto: A Cloud PLM Collaboration Platform for SMBs - secure, hybrid, cloud-desktop collaboration platform provides project teams, users control of documents, designs with anytime, anywhere access, CIMdata, Dec 16, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

AECCafe's Year in Review - 2014 - Stratasys acquires GrabCAD, Autodesk announced own 3D printer, Ember, Hikvision integrates with BIM, Bentley's CONNECT Edition announced, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 22, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

InRoads Tip: Place Coordinate Grid - layout simple grid lines or points using place coordinate grid tool, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 19, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

The 4 AutoCAD Demons of Revit Detailing - text from AutoCAD is converted to new Revit styles, all AutoCAD layers becomes new line style, AutoCAD line patterns comes over into Revit, visible hatches becomes new Revit filled region types, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Revit tutorials)

Inventor Opens and Closes at Splash Screen - locate, delete specific TSF.data file for Autodesk products, open task manager, look for presence of LMU.exe process, cancel process when found before stating program, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Quick Way to Find Number of Entities in Modelspace - employ LINQ to locate entities in modelspace without self-iterating in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault - Cyclic Backup Script Using Rename - create backup by renaming routine instead of copying or moving to eliminate secondary write-time in Vault, Kim Hyde, CADline, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Open an InfraWorks Model in Civil 3D - launch Autodesk applications manager, locate, download, install Civil 3D 2015 update, toolbox of toolspace to configure exchange settings, select model to import, set coordinate system, refine selection set, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Dec 22, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Breaking Objects with MassFx in 3ds Max - prepare scene, install Fracture Voronoi script, fracture pillar, before breaking simulation in 3ds Max, Chandan Kumar, Cgtuts+, Dec 19, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Revit API: Align 2 Pipes Through Center Lines - obtain center line geometry objects from pipes via Element.get_Geometry(),create alignment via RevitDoc.Create.NewAlignment(), set ComputeReferences property, IncludeNonVisibleObjects to true in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 3 - create surface from single or multiple line(s), select desired lines, click on create form button to form solid or surface, generate sweep once all elements are selected in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How Big is Your Toilet? - discusses Duravit collection that is modeled in Vanilla Revit, adds symbolics to elevations, masking region in basin’s plan view in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Testing a Brand New Lenovo P300 Workstation - powerful engineering workstation has 3.6 GHz Intel Xeon X3 processor with 8MB cache, 8GB memory in one of 4 slots, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 GPU, solid customer support, Jim Lucas, CADdigest.com, Dec 23, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Lenovo ThinkStation P500: How to Optimize Your Mid-Range CAD PC Workstation - optimizing CPU, RAM, GPU; P500 is perfect for users doing heavy workloads on AutoCAD or comparable programs, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles)

Broken-Out Section View in a Drawing - create broken-out section, draw in desired area where view will be located with spline tool, activate selection box, adjust depth of cut based on selection in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips and Tricks, Pt 3 - using sorting, grouping commands, organizing filtering bill of characteristics by inspection method, filter editor to build more complex filters using Boolean operators, Mathieu Fourcade, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips and Tricks, Pt 4 - rebuild inspection project to check for new, removed characteristics, use compare tool to 'superpose' 2 drawings to identify characteristics, Mathieu Fourcade, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Sensor Tool - helps user to set parameters within model or assembly that can then be monitored by SOLIDWORKS as design is being developed, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Tips: How to Get the Best Out the Optical Character Recognition Engine - employ OCR add-in for reading information from picture, recognizes types of dimension, notes, apply searchable text PDF to extract information from PDF in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Create Interactive Documents  - tips to develop interactive documents for end user using SOLIDWORKS Composer, Daniel Lubbe, YouTube, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Weldment Trim Properties  - discusses different properties within trim tool of weldment function in SOLIDWORKS, Dane Potter, YouTube, Dec 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bloodhound Supersonic Car Tail-Fin Shear Plate Made with Delcam PowerMILL -PowerMILL was used to produce 5-axis NC program to machine shear plate, with its very demanding geometric forms, from single billet of aluminum, CADdigest.com, Dec 22, 2014 (more PowerMILL articles)

BIM in Russia: An Interview in buildingSMART UKI Bulletin Sheds Light on an Important Neighbor - industry experts Nick Nisbet, Marina Korol talk about changing attitudes towards BIM, types of projects in Russia using BIM, right technical skills, initiatives by Russian government to adopt BIM, isicad, Dec 21, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Bluesurf and the NURBS Mesh - creating Bluesurfs in various curve arrangements in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 19, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Engineering Gadgets and Gifts - list includes: HP's Sprout, giant Swiss army knife, Oculus Rift virtual reality system, Google Cardboard, Hendo hoverboard, DIY hoverboard, structure 3D sensor, Desktop Engineering, Dec 19, 2014 (more engineering articles)

Bring Response Surface Modeling to Car Design with modeFRONTIER's PowerFLOW Node - finding optimal designs in multivariable design spaces using modeFRONTIER, optimizing side mirrors for wind noise aeroacoustics, validating RSM, results with one-off cross validation, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Autodesk Talks to Architosh About AutoCAD for Mac 2015 - Features, Parity and Market Segments - Micah Dickerson discusses latest features of AutoCAD for Mac 2015, growth of MAC despite market dispersion across varied industry segments, points dynamic block support, improved layer states, data linking access as winning features, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Dec 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD for Mac articles)

Attention AutoCAD New Users: One Word for You: P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E - check if commands require multiple entries or object selections before AutoCAD gets to drafting portion of command, utilize panning, zooming functions with wheel mouse appropriately while in command, MasterGraphics, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

My Fusion360 Wishlist - areas needing improvement: drawing section, component workflow, weldments, FEA analysis, handoff between Inventor, Fusion360, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Choosing a Network License Server Model for Your Autodesk Product - understanding pros, cons of single license, distributed license, redundant license server model that distributes product licenses of Autodesk, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Lighting Design and Analysis in Revit - define spatial geometry, surface reflectance, luminaire position to accurately calculate illuminance on surface, set model, surface reflectance, calculate light levels in space with new daylight design feature in ElumTools, Dan Stine, AUGI Library, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Cricket Adaptive Family for a Chimney and Roof, Pt 2 - employ reporting parameters to extract value from geometric condition, report data to formula or as schedulable parameter in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rigs & Profiles - apply straight line rig for maintaining relationships between profiles that define lofted form, add rectangular profile in mix, open family to vary relative size/shape of profiles via input values in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Dec 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Mouse Modeling: 3DConnexion SpaceMouse Wireless - employ integrated surfacing tools inside SOLIDWORKS to create metal base of mouse, create housing using lofted profile, apply knit command to form control knob, add LED appearances before finalizing model, Sameer Qureshi, Solid Solutions, Dec 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - New in 2015: Dynamic Connectors - tips to simplify design, create electrical connectors using dynamic connectors in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Simulation Driven Product Design Webinar - discusses static analysis, trend tracker, fatigue analysis tools to tackle product design challenges in SOLIDWORKS, Arunachalam Thiraviam, YouTube, Dec 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Complete Package - Vectorworks Architect 15 has curtain walls to create curtain wall glazing systems, storefronts, new wall tool to lay out complex floor plans, improved support for DXF/DWG/DWF based workflows, deform tool for better direct modeling, David Chadwick, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more Vectorworks reviews)

Technology of the Year: The Internet of Things - IoT denotes advanced connectivity of devices, systems, services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications, can enable companies to establish secure connectivity, remotely monitor, manage wide range of machines, sensors, devices, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 18, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

5 Interesting Developments for 3D Printing in 2015 - patents will help 3D printing grow, larger user base, no room for Luddites, regulations, more CAD software to integrate 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Dec 18, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Start Capturing Reality: What Every Structural Engineer Needs to Know - potential coordination issues to consider: confined spaces, temporary structures, data smoothing, analysis requirements, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Dec 17, 2014 (more virtual reality articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - 3 focus areas: extend BIM across entire lifecycle of building, across all AEC disciplines, collaboration, evolution of design with advanced technologies, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Evolution and Revolution at Autodesk University 2014 - global economy is undergoing fundamental changes in production, demand, innovation is most needed at intersection of hardware, software, materials, CIMdata, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Marco Mirandola from coolOrange Sits Down for a Chat with D&M at AU2014 - Q&A about role as CEO, selecting Powershell as scripting language, customization of Autodesk products changing with cloud, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Dec 19, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Making it Happen at Autodesk University 2014 - automating application of viewport scale, panning specific distance or to objects, Michael Beall, CADTutor, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Design Feed - It's Not Just for Fancy Chickens Anymore - allows adding/sharing messages or images to AutoCAD drawings through Autodesk 360, AutoCAD 2015 to store drawing locally on computer, check unique design feed ID of posts linked to drawing from server, Isaac Harper, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Modifying Techniques Using Multifunctional Grips - modify drawings to highlight multifunctional grips, specify direction to stretch, move rectangle, open multifunctional grip menu to indicate origin point, hatch angle, scale, update dimensions, convert spline in AutoCAD, Jaiprakash Pandey, CAD Notes, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

How to Set the ADSKFLEX_LICENSE_FILE System Variable - click on system icon in control panel, open 'advanced system settings' link to check Windows version, tap environment variables, press new under system variables to add server name, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 18, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoLISP: Make Perpendicular Line Between Two 3D Angles - find intersection of 2 parallel lines in 2D or 3D, set resultant points by invoking AutoCAD LINE command, AutoCAD Tips, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoLISP tutorials)

Balloon Notification in Status Bar Tray Item - create bubble notification message, run TRAYSETTINGS command to set display time in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

White Christmas with Dynamo - C# MIDI Toolkit can load any MIDI file, tempo, time division values determine playback speed of MIDI file, Ben Goh, Dynamo, Dec 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Show Un-Circuited Electrical Devices in Revit - filter function from graphics panel to create custom view filter, visit desired view, visit visibility graphics overrides for view, add filters before picking override button under lines heading, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Dec 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Back to Basics with Revit Walls, Pt 1: Vertically Complex Wall Types - open preview pane to view compound wall, modify wall type preview to display section view direction, apply modify, split region, assign layers, merge regions, sweeps/reveals button tools to modify compound wall type vertically, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Initial Parking Layouts and Schedules - employ parking bay families instead of individual parking spaces to allow easy changes in layout, share nested parking, filter for nested parking only to ensure that nested parking families schedule correctly in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Your Revit Model Back to Warp Speed, Scotty - apply UNC file name for server, set path to relative, manage worksets to speed up opening of file, visit check systems tools to locate errors in duct, pipe, circuits, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Dec 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Periodic Domain in SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - pick 'edit definition' in computational domain to switch on periodic condition, set Zmax, Zmin values to periodicity, match flow conditions on one side of domain in Z axis with other, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Emailing Large SOLIDWORKS Parts - open file, suppress all features to reduce size of SOLIDWORKS file, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip - Combine, Cavity, and Indent: What's the Difference? - understanding application of combine tool for adding/subtracting, cavity, indent tool for using cut option in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Ma, HRS Blog, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Preventing Users from Checking In Files if References are Outside the Vault - visit user/group properties to change warnings behavior, select check-in from affected operation pull-down to pick outside SOLIDWORKS EPDM option, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Adding a Grid to Your Balloon Drawing - open grid section in drawing tab, visit grid properties section to choose grid that covers entire sheet or create grid of selected region, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - FloXpress - discusses benefits of using SOLIDWORKS FloXpress, Charn Jivaphiaboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Considerations When Upgrading to EPDM 2015 - download latest installer from SOLIDWORKS customer portal, obtain your EPDM serial number, block log-ins, turn off archive server service on all archive servers, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Incremental Bending with SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal - using split face tool, projecting series of sketches onto faces where more bends were to be added, Josh Altergott, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

2014 3DEXPERIENCE Forum: Doing Business in the Age of Experience - Dassault Systemes continues to enhance its 3DEXPERIENCE platform messaging, continues to build out its platform with release of additional 'experiences,' CIMdata, Dec 17, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers - OWI robotic arm, parrot rolling spider, math formulas tie, cams & cranks, remote controlled machines, Hanz inventor's kit, mug, Coolest cooler, Jawbone Up24, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 16, 2014 (more engineering articles)

New SketchUp 2015 Announced - Q&A with John Bacus of Trimble about IFC import feature in SketchUp 2015, faster core modeling performance, Ruby API enhancements, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 17, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

Future of Design: How Big Data Changes Everything You Know About Designing and Making Things - collecting actual information about performance creates baselines, understanding for subsequent designs or immediate updates, Phil Bernstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Thinkbox Deadline 7 Offers Flexible Cloud Support - compute management solution for digital media assets includes spot rendering of selected regions, support for more products, sharding out of box, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 16, 2014 (more MCAD articles, cloud articles)

AU 2014: A Potent Mix of Strategy and Tactics - rapid prototyping, other manufacturing technology advances are changing everything in manufacturing supply chain, infinite computing, ubiquitous connectivity changes everything, 3D printer Ember was unveiled, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Dec 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Understanding the CUI - select workspace from workspaces node in customizations pane, click on transfer tab of CUI Editor to import workspace to main CUIx file, customize toolbars, commands when CUI editor is open in AutoCAD Architecture, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Dec 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

How to Automatically Display the Plotting Scale on Your AutoCAD Drawing - start MTEXT command in AutoCAD, place text in title block, insert field inside text area, select layout for which scale is to be set, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Modifying Blocks - understanding pros, cons, process of exploding, redefining blocks, editing blocks in-place, block editor in AutoCAD, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

How to Lock AutoCAD Drawing Files (.DWG) - set password from security options to protect DWG files from being viewed/stolen, visit DWF from export menu, change file name, destination folder or layer information before saving to export DWF file, Lisp Box, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Retrieving Property Values from Entity's COM Wrapper - method to retrieve properties of custom entity using IDispatch interface of COM wrapper in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

.DWG's in Revit - Clean Them or Don't Use Them Ever - prepare .DWG, remove unnecessary geometry, verify if unnecessary geometry is properly removed before linking or using .dwg file anywhere in Revit, Fear and Loathing in a CAD vs BIM World, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Working with Points in AutoCAD Civil 3D - tips to import files based on various point file formats, apply point tools to create points, modify points once they are in Civil 3D drawing, Kayla Baum, Dec 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Electroplating Simulations for Printed Circuit Board Designers - design challenges of copper pattern plating process, manufacturing cost considerations, making simulations available with electroplating app in COMSOL Multiphysics, Mikael Fredenberg, COMSOL Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Configuring Laptop Switchable Graphics for ANSYS Applications - identify graphics icon in task bar, open AMD Catalyst Control Center, click on 'add applications' button, browse to application that needs higher end graphics capability before selecting high performance option, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Stratasys Races from the Pole Position at Euromold 2014 - Stratasys CEO David Reis outlined 6-point strategy to lead in 3D printing, company is in leading vertical markets, building complete ecosystem, accelerating product development, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

CAMWorks Quick Tip - Backing Up and Restoring Your TechDB - launch SOLIDWORKS, CAMWorks, open CAMWorks options to check TechDB file location path that will allow creating back up copies of TechDB.mdb file, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Dec 17, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles, SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Special Traits of the Bluesurf - Solid Edge Bluesurf works like loft, can accept roughly parallel curves or curves arranged like letter F, E, T, L, H, A, X, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Wicked Fast Study Variations - tips to create baseline, pressure vessel design studies that require numerous load-case permutations, open load case manager in SOLIDWORKS 2015 to study primary load cases, load case combinations, Keith Pedersen, CAPUniversity, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Creating a Helix Spring with Variable Pitch and Diameter - create basic circle, set dimensions, visit curves feature to set helix/spirals, select variable pitch to define helix in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Creating Lids - tips to manually generate lids to apply boundary conditions for SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, SOLIDWORKS FloXpress, Charn Jivaphiaboonskdi, YouTube, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Drawings Top Ten List from Years Past: SWW2012 - implementation rate for drawings ideas from SWW12 list is 61%, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Dec 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dell Precision Helps Design the World's First Indestructible Cooler - YETI Coolers uses Dell Precision workstations, SOLIDWORKS to design best premium coolers, ultimate in design, performance, durability, Andy Rhodes of Dell, CADdigest.com, Dec 17, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles)

Internal Origin and User Origin in Vectorworks 2015 - 'center first import, align all subsequent imports' option to center first imported DXF file on internal origin, then subsequent DXF files imported will be aligned with the user origin such that objects will continue to have the correct coordinates, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Nov 4, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Dell: Don't Handicap Your Engineers by Giving Them a Subpar Computer - Dell precision optimizer tool identifies apps like AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, changes hardware settings on system itself to eliminate bottlenecks in performance, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

BIM Use in Retrofits: Ask the Right Questions First to Make the Job Easier - what should you model, how true is your model, who's modeling what, and how, Kate Morrical, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Reality Computing: Even Better Than the Real Thing? - reality computing is helpful in study of endangered coral reefs, restoration of historic building, customized shoe experience, construction industry, Heather Miller, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more CAD development articles, rapid prototyping articles)

GoBOXX SLM May Be the Lightest Mobile CAD Workstation - 15.6" screen has up to 3K resolution, has numeric keypad, but no trackpoint, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Dec 15, 2014 (more laptop articles)

Label the Scale of Individual Viewports - start MTEXT command in AutoCAD, specify 2 opposite corners of boundary box, insert field inside text area, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD basics tutorials)

Anonymous Blocks in AutoCAD - tip to explode anonymous blocks, apply Unanon.lsp routine for converting anonymous blocks to normal blocks in AutoCAD, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Top 5 Reasons Why You May Receive a Serial Number Error During Activation - typos made during activation, AutoCAD serial number doesn't match product, invalid serial number, contact number is not matching, activation limit exceeded for license, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 15, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Exploding Unexplodable Blocks - open block definition dialog box, search unexplodable block, select 'allow exploding' option, pick block, enter X to make block to explode in AutoCAD, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Resolving User Specific Issues by Resetting AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 - keep backup of any customized Civil 3D 2015 files before opening registry editor to delete specific key, open Windows Explorer to remove user's application folders, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

To Create Traverse Data in the COGO Editor - display COGO editor, ensure that entry tab is active, create new traverse if data is existing in COGO editor, specify point as first side type, list subsequent side types in Civil 3D, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 12, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans - place color fill legend anywhere in drawing area, select different color schema from list if displayed color fill legend does not reflect desirable color scheme in Revit model, Bill Johnson, Ideate, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Cricket Adaptive Family for a Chimney and Roof, Pt 1 - select adaptive points, visit properties palette, specify orientation under adaptive component section in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 2 - place reference points to create adaptive points, check 'is reference line' to change reference lines to model, select previously created points to create both lines, splines directly by clicking screen in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

RevitAPI - Rebar.CreateFromCurves Throws: Unable to Create a RebarShape Based on the Given Curves - handling creation method overloads related to rebar in Revit, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Revisions and Spline Leader - Drawing Enhancements in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - easy to access revision feature, automatic adding of zone location to revision table when placing revision symbol, improved bend tables, Michael Lord, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in Enterprise PDM 2015: Top 5 - SolidNetwork license manager, move tree command, version column in Windows Explorer, workflow data mapping, system, performance improvements, Wayne Marshall, Solid Solutions, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Project Template - tips to form customized template with settings that can be used to start ballooning any new drawing in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Cooling Lines - discusses effect of cooling lines in virtual mold, resultant temperature profiles in SOLIDWORKS Plastics, David Waltzman, YouTube, Dec 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Pierce Relation - advantages of using pierce relation between points, curve instead of coincident relation in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Guide Curves - method to use guide curves for defining swept boss or cut in SOLIDWORKS, Ronit Mukherjee, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating a Butterfly Roof in Vectorworks - use standard Vectorworks roof, edit it to make just half roof, then mirror roof to create other half, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Dec 6, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Introducing the Design Module - geometric tools in design module in COMSOL Multiphysics: loft, fillet and chamfer, midsurface and thicken, Lorant Olasz, COMSOL Blog, Dec 15, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Lenovo's Thinnest, Lightest Mobile Workstation Ever: The W550s - has 3K display, with 2880x1620 display across 15.6" screen, supports multiple monitors through real docking station, dedicated numeric keypad, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Dec 15, 2014 (more laptop articles)

Think Green: How to Recycle Stratasys 3D Printer Material Cartridges - complete form detailing return FDM items, generate UPS label for shipping, drop off boxes with label at any UPS store location, CAPUniversity, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AUGI Top 10 Wishes for AutoCAD from AU2014 - lock drawing order of specific objects, all windows to be resizable, modify cloud, text wrap in dimensions, OSNAP for center of polygon, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Dec 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Expands Offer of Free Design Software for Education Worldwide - 'subscribe to Autodesk' sales model will give users access to all Autodesk products for single price from any machine, on any platform, anywhere in the world, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Track the Time You Spend on a Drawing - use TIME command, express tool EDITTIME command tracks active editing time in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exporting to DXF Tips - visit AutoCAD tools, options, click on DXF options tab, select objects for export to obtain nice clean DXF file, binary DXF files are usually faster to read, write compared to ASCII format DXF files, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2012 - Putting Things Back to Normal - DSVIEWER, AUTOCOMPLETE, BLIPMODE commands, crosshairs, dashboard, dynamic input, graphic background, grid, startup performance to revert environment back to AutoCAD 2008 or earlier, Lisp Box, Dec 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

What is Loaded at AutoCAD Startup, and When? - Enterprise CUI files are loaded first followed by main CUI file, partial CUI files attached to main, any partial CUI files attached to Enterprise, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating an Associative Fillet Operation Using ObjectARX - understanding realistic AutoCAD ObjectARX sample application that demonstrates tips to implement associative fillet functionality using AutoCAD associative framework, Jiri Kripac, Through the Interface, Dec 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Inventor iLogic Notes for Assembly Drawings - obtain file references by calling AllReferencedDocuments, understanding application of assembly component occurrences, functionalities associated with extracting each portion, John Evans, AUGI Library, Dec 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

AU Vegas and Retrieving Material and Bump Image Path - using Revit API to retrieve material appearance's generic, bump image file path, name, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Dec 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 R2 - Perspective View Changes - perspective view has editing tools, reset target tool, ability to toggle between perspective, parallel representations of 3D view, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plan by Floor Types - generate floor with finish layers that is located on structural floor, employ finish floor types by creating floor type with layers of finish floor, develop new floor in each of rooms in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Dec 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit's Most Hidden Commands, Pt 2: Tag Units - change number of decimal places on dimension based on project units or type properties method, select tag to edit type, family, project units in family, label in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Dec 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Proper Process for Upgrading Your Models - understanding process to create current version maintenance file locally, upgrade model locally, save upgraded file to network, create local files in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Dec 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 4 - right click on study name, select properties to apply H-Adaptive, P-Adaptive solution methods to automate convergence process, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Flatten a Hollow Cylinder - employ insert bends command that allows obtain flat pattern by selecting linear edge in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS TECH TIP: Exporting SOLIDWORKS Drawings as PNG Files - visit file, choose save as, options to adjust clarity, image quality of files before saving file as PNG type, Matt Herald, Fisher/Unitech, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Custom OCR and Balloon Settings - discusses settings, options that controls OCR accuracy, standard balloons added to project, YouTube, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS EPDM 2015 - Our Favorite New Features - Web2 client allows Chrome/Firefox users access vault, EPDM is integrated for MS Office documents, move tree tool comes with EPDM functionality, version column information is included in Windows Explorer, UI changes, Jordan Lemley, HRS Blog, Dec 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS EPDM articles)

Bringing Construction Planning to Life - Asta Powerproject works with IFC files, improves flow of data throughout building project, helping project managers visually link their management model with 3D model, David Chadwick, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more AEC articles)

Scan-Copy-Print - Epson offers SureColor SC-T7200MFP, SC-T5200MFP large format printers, has flexibility to digitize large-format hard copies, either scan-to-file, scan-to-email or scan-to-share with other SC-T printers, CAD User, Nov 2014 (more large format printer articles)

Getting the Best Desktop Virtualization Experience for CAD - invest in right hardware, good connection, choose right uses for desktop virtualization, CADspeed, Dec 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Maximize Process Efficiency - cooling simulation tools can help companies evaluate thermal management early to make informed decisions that will lead to reduced risk downstream, Matt Jaworski from Autodesk, MoldMaking Technology, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, CAM articles)

My Stratasys Desktop 3D Printer is in Emulation Mode (What do I do?) - find copy of known good config files, replace them on printer, Dave Murawski, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Skycatch Makes 3D Models from Drone Photos - Skycatch brings together laser scanning, robotic drones, software data analysis to offer cheap, reliable way to scan large areas, Paul Munford, The CAD Insider, Dec 14, 2014 (more AEC articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AU 2014: Embracing a World of Design Disruption - Jeff Kowalski talked about Generative Design, free Autodesk software to all students, completely open source, Autodesk's 3D printer to be available early 2015, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 12, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

5 Inventor Sketching Tips You Need to Know Right Now - create offset workplane while defining sketch plane, use sketches to define work features, slice graphics, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Democratization of Simulation Takes Flight - make simulation easy for engineers, build application with simplified, dedicated UI, easy-to-understand results; new pricing schemes, community support make pricing of Simulation modeling apps affordable, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Engineering Tests Roll into Early-Stage Design - sequential processes, silos keep testing off track, system modeling drives earlier testing, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Q&A with Richard Doyle: How You Can Benefit from SWUGN - atmosphere at SWUGN event, members benefitting from networking at SWUGN event, getting involved in user groups, Mike Fearon, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

EPDM - Permissions Per Folder/Assigned Folder Permissions - all folders are seen in vault in permissions per folder; only folders that user/group has been assigned permissions will be shown in assigned folder permissions, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Mirror SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal with Flat Pattern - 'break link to original part' option in mirror part command determines if mirrored sheet metal will include flat pattern, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Internet of Things Could Take the Guesswork Out of Design - access to real-time data from actual performance, use of smart, connected products can provide valuable feedback to improve quality, profitability of next-generation products, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Review: Lenovo P300 ThinkStation - entry level professional workstation has Intel Xeon E3-1276v3 CPU, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 3GB graphics card, 8GB RAM, performs well for CAD, day to day engineering workflows, prices starts from US$729, John Evans, Design and Motion, Dec 12, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

A Platform to Reduce Product Complexity - platform-based design enables engineers to package, specify, document designs; challenges: Variants are invariably vexing, reuse, time, effort it takes to properly capture it, David Geer, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more engineering articles)

The Dark Side of 3D Printing - discussing limitations of STL file format, materials, process in 3D printing, hybrid fabrication approach that includes additive, subtractive technologies is preferred, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 11, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Membrane Interface Improvements in Version 5.0 - changes in linear elastic material model of membrane interface in COMSOL Multiphysics, general changes that affect membrane interface, Ashish Kumar Singh, COMSOL Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Improve Predictions, Map Fiber Orientation onto a Structural Mesh - Advanced Material Exchange software can incorporate fiber orientation of part, apply this information onto mesh, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 11, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Conversations on 3D Printing and Architectural Design - Q&A with architect Alvin Huang about current state, future of architectural design, role of 3D printing, using Stratasys PolyJet 3D multi-material printer, Apollo Spiliotis, NOVEDGE, Dec 11, 2014 (more AEC articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk Reshapes Itself for the Future - Autodesk is developing goal-directed design system, will unveil new subscription option in 2015, making its Ember printer design, Spark software platform, printing materials all open-source, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Dec 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Program AutoCAD-Based Products Without an Object Model - building AutoLISP routine, executing command, Andrew Roe, Cadalyst, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

My New Block Attributes are Not Showing After Block Edit/Replace - open block in block editor, add another attribute before saving block, modify, synchronize block attributes to view updated attributes in AutoCAD, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Dec 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

AutoCAD: Automation Error - Description was Not Provided - apply style manager to omit corrupt layer key, delete empty string in AecLayerKeyList function that is not valid input for name of layer key, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, AutoLISP tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 APIs Available via NuGet - select project, manage NuGet packages in Visual Studio project, search, install AutoCAD.NET, related assemblies, AutoCAD.NET.Core to create core console-compatible project, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD.NET API is Now on NuGet.org - install NuGet package from Visual Studio IDE to automatically copy library files, update project, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AcquireFiles Download Not Fixing References of Renamed Files After Installing Update - keep back up of any customization done to SDK samples before uninstalling Vault API SDK, reinstall it to resolve issue, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Types Not Supported by ElementClassFilter - list of element derived types, their substitutions as for Revit 2015, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Standard vs Non Destructive Breaklines in Civil 3D - standard breakline alters original triangulation while non-destructive breakline maintains it but breakline adds extra triangles, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Creating Coverages in Autodesk InfraWorks - tips to employ coverages to change display of terrain surface, change surface elevations using coverages in InfraWorks, Michelle Rasmussen, ASCENT Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

Add 3D Model with Real Coordinates - turn on 'use load' option to obtain faceted model with smaller file size, export project base point as origin for fbx file, add fbx into InfraWorks file once exported before configuring file, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Dec 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Using a Shell Mesh with Thin Components - set up simple stress test to determine maximum force that baubles will withstand before breaking, define thin walled solid bodies, re-mesh model to create shell mesh in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Dec 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Paperless Environments with Model Based Definition - understanding MBD, basic ideas required to obtain true model based definition in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 1 - apply template editor to map attributes to reports in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 2 - modify custom report template to include conditional formatting that reflects pass/fail conditions, YouTube, Dec 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection - Creating a Custom Report Template, Pt 3 - add footer note to template to ensure that it works fine with any size project, YouTube, Dec 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Interpolation is the Name of the Game - surface types available in Solid Edge: extrude/revolve, Bluesurf, swept, bounded, redefine, ruled, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Create Polygon Clip Surface with Vectorworks - draw, replicate plaster using create poly from inner boundary, clip surface, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Dec 6, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

Use 3D Printing to Enhance Your Marketing and Branding Campaigns - building marketing plan around 3D printed technological innovations, around 3D printer customer interaction, itPrint Australia, Dec 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk University from a CAD Manager's Viewpoint - 2015 will be year of continued workplace pressure, technical learning for most CAD managers, productivity is driving goal for seeking expanded career possibilities, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles, CAD management articles)

Autodesk Leaders Expound About Future Thinking for Designing and Making - Carl Bass discussed open, free, machine-agnostic Spark software for controlling 3D printers, cloud-based Revit collaboration platform A360, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk Wants to Bring Its Disruptive Commodity Approach to CAM - Autodesk wants to extend its reach into CAM's 3 phases of plan, program, produce, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAM articles)

Get Your AutoCAD Projects Setup - move to ribbon, pick open to launch 'select file' dialog box, set up folders, hit cancel, save changes made to places list to easily locate projects, Sam Lucido, CADproTips, Dec 11, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Compare DWG File Changes in AutoCAD - open Autodesk Exchange page, search, install DWG compare app, set original source drawing, compare version, view listed results in palette to check additions, modifications or deletions, Lisp Box, Nov 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Rtext and Drawing Setup - visit right-hand end of standard workspaces to locate express tools, follow 'load express tools' tutorial if not displayed on ribbon, open Rtext setup dialog to select custom properties in AutoCAD, Lisp Box, Nov 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Tool Palette Macros for Working with AutoCAD Viewports - open company standard AutoCAD template DWG file, navigate to paper space to activate viewport layer, create viewport, check tips to create new tool, lock, unlock viewports globally, Lisp Box, Nov 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Customizing Leads to Productivity in Grading Projects - create surface style with slope arrows to indicate direction of water flow, visit 'volume and materials panel' to calculate volume between 2 surfaces, display cut/fill contours in Civil 3D, Michelle Rasmussen, AUGI Library, Dec 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: It's All in the Expression - visit settings tab of toolspace to apply Civil 3D expressions that modifies data in standard label style components, add new expression to label style once created, Bryan Sullivan, Envision CAD, Dec 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

View Filter Sort Order in Revit - remove all filters to be reordered, click on filter still in list, add all filters until list is reinstated to correct sort order in Revit 2015, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Dec 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in Revit - create dimensions in SketchUp, recreate circles, key curves in conceptual mass family, generate voids to cut skin, sweep/cutaway excess to obtain actual segment, cut base skin into parts for materials to form, BIM Troublemaker, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Get Mass Floor Data - extracting data from Revit mass floors with Dynamo, Zach Kron, YouTube, Dec 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

5 Simple Tips That will Simplify Your Life in Nonlinear FEA Analysis - optimize number of elements, nodes in model, generate mesh manually rather than exclusively using auto-mesh function, beware boundary conditions, DoF, set contact definition correctly, FEA for All, Dec 10, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Using Simulation to Guide Product Design - simulation speeds up decision making, design culture must adapt to maximize benefits, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Dec 10, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Where to Find Application Builder Tutorial Apps - access application builder library in COMSOL Multiphysics v5.0, activate updates, add personal application library, Fanny Littmarck, COMSOL Blog, Dec 10, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3 SOLIDWORKS Capabilities That will Make You a Better Engineering Student - create different versions of part or assembly within same file with SOLIDWORKS configurations, avail PhotoView 360 to generate quality photo-realistic renderings of design, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, Dec 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Customer Portal Enhancement Request Submission - tips to use, navigate SOLIDWORKS customer portal to file enhancement request, Adam Hughes, YouTube, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Best of What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Webinar Series, Pt 1 - sketching, assembly mates, UI, chain pattern, move face enhancements, YouTube, Dec 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Connected - CONNECT Edition supports hybrid computing environment linking all of Bentley's apps, providing 'comprehensive project delivery,' CAD User, Nov 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

It's All About Curvature, and Curvature is All About Splines/Curves - difference between lines/arcs, splines, making smooth curve, continuous curvature in Solid Edge, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 9, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Automatic Meshing for Electromagnetic Simulations - electromagnetic simulations with open boundaries, meshing infinite element domains, perfectly matched layers in COMSOL Multiphysics, Andrew Griesmer, COMSOL Blog, Dec 9, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Straight from the Masterclass Tip 4: Layer Combinations - determine layers in which electrical symbols, dimensions are allocated, visit layer settings to create new layer combination, select layer combination - dimension test to deactivate electric symbol in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, Dec 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Shark FX for SubD Modeling Bites Back with Version 9 - new quad mesh tools enable conceptual design based on pushing, pulling model into complex shapes, SubD to NURB tool converts quad facets collection into more precise NURB surface/solid, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Dec 9, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Autodesk's Future Vision and Strategy: A Look at Autodesk University 2014 - learn from nature, adopt generative design using power of cloud, sense, respond, collaborate, subscribe to Autodesk, cloud, Sanjeev Pal, ENGINEERING.com, Dec 7, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

AU 2014: Infusing Life into Dead Design - Jeff Kowalski discussed generative design software that mimics nature, Carl Bass announced free Autodesk software for any student, teacher, or school, anywhere in world, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Dec 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Learn Connect Explore - My Autodesk University Recap, Pt 2 - generative design approach by Jeff Kowalski, Carl Bass talked about capture, collaborate, create, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 10, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

My Autodesk University 2014 - tips on using extrude command in freeform modeling tool, crease edge tool in Inventor 2015, Q&A about Vault handling simplified models, editing Shrinkwrap files, Jennifer MacMillan, ASCENT Blog, Dec 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Inventor articles)

Autodesk University: Another Great Event - common challenges major industries are facing: integration, collaboration, capturing data from real world, Denis Morais, Waveform, Dec 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk and Artec Get Real with Reality Capture - Artec's Eva, Spider industrial 3D scanners to be integrated with Autodesk's 3D CAD products, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Dec 9, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, virtual reality articles)

AutoCAD 2015: Cursor Badges - understanding application of selection, inspection, rotation badges, install AutoCAD 2015 SP1 that consists of CURSORBADGE command to avoid displaying cursor badges, Lisp Box, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

5 AutoCAD Symbols That Might Confuse You - employ annotation monitor to flag dimensions, click exclamation mark before re-associating, deleting dimension, annotation monitor turns on automatically when model documentation edit or update event occurs, Lisp Box, Dec 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Tip: Converting a PDF to a DWG - compares raster with vector based PDF in AutoCAD, Bill McKown, YouTube, Dec 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Revit - Trench Family: Nested and Arrayed - employ parametric power to create trench family in 3D that can change to required size, schedule individual trench based on size in Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Dec 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SelFilter, a Powerful Generic Selection Filter Utility - create class to use ISelectionFilter, implement GetFilter class that provides fast, easy access to most common selection filtering scenarios in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Dec 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating a Report from a BCF File - create compressed BCF file where every note is stored in folder, employ XSD schema to create C# classes, serialize markup.bcf file, open DocX library to create Word report from coordination notes, BIM 42, Dec 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

The New MySolidWorks Community, Pt 4 - visit manufacturing network to browse, connect with manufacturers in SOLIDWORKS community, build prototype or get quote, 'My VAR' section allows value added resellers provide contact information, technical content to users, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3 Tricks to a Custom SOLIDWORKS Interface - avail drag, drop option to set function to existing command manager tab, customize S-key based on particular operations while in sketch, assembly or drawing, create customization menu containing command manager tabs, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Changing Login Type After Initial Installation of SOLIDWORKS EPDM - pick archive server configuration to manage EPDM archive server service, right click on Vault to be changed, select properties, choose login type before determining users, groups, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Trim Entities - corner, power trim tools used for sketching in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Interface 101 - tips to navigate, customize command manager, manage tabs, search for commands, Adam Hughes, YouTube, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 2 - select single cavity inside pot to pattern, set machining boundary inside HSMWorks, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Dec 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorialsCAM articles)

Trimble Connected- Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles - John Bacus of Trimble talks about releasing 2 SketchUp updates in one single year, Trimble viewing SketchUp from point of view of BIM transformation within AEC, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Dec 8, 2014 (more SketchUp articles, AEC articles)

Intro to Modeling Evaporative Cooling - basic concepts of modeling evaporation in COMSOL Multiphysics, considering effects causing cooling of coffee as it evaporates, Nancy Bannach, COMSOL Blog, Dec 8, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Add Solid, Subtract Solid, Intersect Solid - creating complex shapes in Vectorworks, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

PTC Live Stuttgart 2014: The Manufacturing Industry's Rendez-vous for Transformation - Rob Gremley presented overview on IoT, Brian Shepherd addressed how PTC to use feedback loop generated by smart, connected products to support closed-loop PLM environment, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Nov 2014 (more PTC articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks Week 4 - Important Stuff - determine origin of layer before creating layers, assigning different colors, line types, choose appropriate insertion points, set dimension styles, set current layer to 0 before generating blocks for master library, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Viva La Revolution: Start Your Own Country with Content Pack Creation - understanding definition, anatomy of content kit XML files to set AutoCAD profile paths, deploy product with custom content pack to view profile listed in AutoCAD options area, Louisa Holland, AUGI Library, Dec 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

More Things Change: My Autodesk University Recap, Pt 1 - Vault Customer Advisory Board to provide customers direct feedback, approach of Behlen Building Systems for implementing phase 1 of PLM 360, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Dec 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Offsetgaptype System Variable in AutoCAD - change value of offsetgaptype to 1, 2 to obtain potential gaps between polyline segments as fillets, chamfers, Martin Phelps, CADline, Dec 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Super-Speedy Layer Control in AutoCAD - click layoff tool to select object on screen before turning off layer on which object is located, delete layer of object inside of blocks, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Dec 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Lighting and Rendering an Interior - prepare basic scene, create model, employ MassFX tool to fill jar with objects, add rigid body to selected object before applying shade screens, lighting, camera settings in 3ds Max, Patric Verstraete, 3DTotal, Dec 8, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Best Practices: Coordinate Systems and Model Extents in InfraWorks 360 - apply geographic, projection, custom coordinate systems to provide framework for identifying positions in 3D space, employ InfraWorks to generate model, import, configure data, export model data, set model extents, Elliott Rosenfeld, BIMagination, Dec 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Resize Me - open drawing in Civil 3D 2015, set view ribbon tab current, locate model viewport panel, activate viewport configuration dropdown selection list, select 'two: vertical' option to view multiple viewports on model tab, Tommie Richardson, Crossing the Line with Civil 3D, Dec 8, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk FormIT and Levels - click on levels tab before/after sketching building in FormIT, employ 'add multiple levels' button to specify number of levels to be created, level spacing, control visibility of levels before generating Revit file, Howard Roman, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Dec 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Create a Dormer at a Roof’s Edge in Revit - draw 2 converging slope arrows of same length as 2 segments, set height of apex, select both arrows before setting arrow height offset at head, James Philip, CADline, Dec 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Adaptive Component - Everyday Uses, Pt 1 - check available templates to determine most appropriate template, select grid system, change grid tile pattern type in type selector to change tile pattern, amount of adaptive points in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Dec 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Building 3DEXPERIENCE Portfolios at Dassault Systemes - Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Forum focused on mining, company's reorganization around its verticals, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Dec 5, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

3DEXPERIENCE: Think Differently to Innovate More Effectively - mining needs advanced modeling, simulation, real-time optimization techniques, Dassault showcased Steven Levine's Living Heart Project, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Dec 8, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Route Your Way, It's Just an EW_PATH - sketch name EW_PATH that is found inside ducts coincide with 'create wire route path' name available in SOLIDWORKS, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Swept Cut on a Cylinder - technique to model accurate swept along cylinder body in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - SOLIDWORKS Composer Player Inside Adobe PDF - embed SOLIDWORKS Composer content into Adobe PDF files that allows full SOLIDWORKS Composer Viewer capabilities to be used by anybody opening file, Bruce Shawler, YouTube, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - AEC/BIM Support in 2015 - new wizard interface allows user define coordinate system orientation, helps de-feature model to protect intellectual property, YouTube, Dec 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

A CAD Manager Reviews the New ZWCAD+ 2015 - cost-effective, easy-to-install CAD platform with .dwg compatibility for drafting, modeling, drawing, UI layout is similar to AutoCAD, upgraded kernel, offers effective sweep, loft, super hatching, SmartMouse gesture-driven commands, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Dec 8, 2014 (more ZWCAD reviews)

The 20 Key BIM Terms You Need to Know - defines commonly used BIM terms like 4D, 5D, 6D, asset information model, BIM execution plan, BIM manager, CIC BIM protocol, clash detection, level of detail, Open BIM, Uniclass, Anthony Lymath, NBS, Dec 2014 (more AEC articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - Business Wagers Paying Off - recaps AU 2014 with special emphasis on cloud-based tools like Autodesk Fusion 360, A360 Team, traditional PLM systems vs PLM 360, relevance of Spark Investment fund in 3D printing marketplace, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articlesCAD show articles)

Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D: Creating a Custom Instrument Catalog, Class & Part - open Plant 3D spec editor with no specs, catalogs open, launch catalog builder to create custom instrument catalog with instrument class, apply out-of-the-box part template to form custom part, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, Dec 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Creating a Solid from a Set of SubDMesh - select meshes from collection of SubDMesh to create solid, convert each mesh to surface, add sculpted solid to database in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Fatal Error While Opening AutoCAD - reset AutoCAD to defaults, rebuild user profiles in windows, uninstall/reinstall Visual C++, clear digital signature icons, turn off hardware acceleration, update graphics card driver, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Cannot Obtain a Stand-Alone License or Activate the Product - turn off computer firewall temporarily, ensure if Windows is up-to-date, check if Autodesk products are properly installed, activate product while logged on as actual computer administrator, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

5 Quick Tips for Autodesk Inventor Assemblies - apply select other tool to rotate components while adding constraints, alt+drag method to place constraints, flush constraint to pick narrow face, ‘save and replace component’ tool to create new copy of existing part, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Dec 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor SDK - General/Drawing Tools - check administrator permissions required for installing Inventor SDK, search for UserTools.msi, close Inventor before running usertools.msi, open Inventor to check visibility of general tools, drawing tools panels, Chris Turner, CADline, Dec 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Housekeeping Chore for Inventor Drawings - code to set reference to document, top node of active browser, loop through all drawing sheets, activate drawing sheet 1, zoom all, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Dec 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using the Multiple Copy/Monitor in Revit - link file with objects to be copied, navigate to collaborate, choose copy/monitor tool before picking ‘select link’ option to pick object, apply filter tool to unselect unwanted picked items, James Philip, CADline, Dec 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Overcoming Problems Using Eccentric Transition - define routing preference by selecting duct, choose edit type, apply load family button to import eccentric taper that can replace concentric taper once loaded in Revit, James Philip, CADline, Dec 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Changing Column Types and Copy Monitor - set monitor aspect only of copy/monitor to record major changes to location of grids/columns in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 3: Default View - assign custom properties in composer, update default view after each adjustment, select whitespace behind model, visit properties pane to adjust environment settings, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The New MySolidWorks Community, Pt 3 - visit drive area to access existing cloud storage accounts from within MySolidWorks, support area addresses product support, my support, downloads, system requirements, documentation, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

EPDM - Using Card Control Logic - visit control pull-down in EPDM card editor to determine display of control through condition in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Prevent Data Loss with SOLIDWORKS Backup Tools - select backup/recovery tool in system options to save additional copies of file automatically, save source files periodically to use backup tools effectively in SOLIDWORKS, Sasi Sithambaram, CADimensions Blog, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)  

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Transform Animation Path - tips to recreate animation based on transform path in SOLIDWORKS, Jeff Jensen, YouTube, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)  

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic - Revisions - ways to create, use revisions inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)  

SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic - Importing DWG Symbols - tip to import DWG/DXF symbols from other applications, assign intelligence to symbol inside SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Dec 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)  

Mainframe2: CAD in the Cloud - provides CAD software developers with tools to help retain preferences for each user, 2-week trial of Mainframe2 on 3D CAD-capable graphics workstation costs $199 for 100 hours of testing, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Dec 4, 2014 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

How to Design for 3D Printing Success - make sure part height is whole multiple of printer's Z thickness, wall thickness is at least 2 multiples of printer's bead thickness, experiment with different build directions to reduce support usage, maximize part strength, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Dec 4, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Offset Face Relate Enhancements - Solid Edge ST7 improvements: offset to faces with parallel normals, ability to specify negative offsets, offset to faces between bodies, new 'standard align' offset command, Steve Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Dec 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Product Review: The Lenovo New Thinkstation P-Series - P-300 features 2D, 3D capabilities, single processor, upto 32 GB of DDR4 memory; P-500 offers up to 256 GB DDR4 memory, up to 11 storage devices; designed for CAE, P-900 offers 2 Xenon E5-2600 V3 processors, up to 512 GB of DDR4, accommodates up to 14 storage devices, CADspeed, Dec 4, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

OpenRoads Tip: Working with Survey Settings - select civil standards tab, expand loaded DGN libraries, view, copy default settings to clipboard, open element information dialog of new settings before linking code position to either before/after point feature definition, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Dec 4, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

A Beginner Tests Out the New Vectorworks 2015 - easy learning curve, ability to download step-by-step PDFs, number of resources available on the DVD are impressive, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Dec 5, 2014 (more Vectorworks reviews)

Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference - CONNECT product portfolio was launched, session on planned HS2 high-speed rail in London, forum on energy-related opportunities, challenges for future cities, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Dec 4, 2014 (more MicroStation articles, AEC articles, CAD show articles)

Straight from the Masterclass Tip 1: Control Box - click on windows, palettes to access control box quickly, press, hold special points icon to select 'along entire element' option in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, Dec 2, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Straight from the Masterclass Tip 2: Automatic Dimensions - Exterior Dimensioning - employ automatic dimension tool to set most typical dimension on floor plan views in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, Dec 3, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Straight from the Masterclass Tip 3: Placing Hotlinked Modules - go into source file, edit 1 unit to update rest of units in host file, manage repetitive structures in ArchiCAD, ArchiCAD SADC, Dec 4, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Innovation Forum: Mindset: Tools to Anticipate, Plan for, and Create the Future - speakers shared their unique experiences using technology to stretch their limits in extreme environment: land, space, or ocean, AU Blog, Dec 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

AU 2014: Thursday Highlights - innovation forum on real-time exploration of design data, AU Blog, Dec 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - Day Three - presentation on student educational partnerships, student 3D printing area, AUGI Annual meeting presented member benefits, financials, results of wish list, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - Final Day - closing keynote was about supersonic cars, 3D printing in space, zero gravity fitness equipment, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Dec 4, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Fusion 360 Now Comes in Product Design Suite - offers additional benefits as Fusion 360 is PC, Mac compatible, offers Sub-D tools for surface modeling, runs motion studies, ultimate version comes with CAM 360, real-time cloud rendering, Australian CAD Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Migration Tip: ACAD2011\12 to 13\14\15 - override HashKey template in DLLMain file to avoid type conversion error in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Dec 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Inventor Quick Tip - Visibility and iProperties - right click on any component, hit 'v' to make it invisible, 'g' to ground or unground it, 'I' to open iProperties in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Nov 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Making CADWorx Piping Intelligence Display in Navisworks - click on applications menu, expand quick properties from options editor, tap definitions, change dropdown list category from item to CADWorx in Navisworks, AutoCAD Tips, Dec 4, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Using Filters to Hatch Cable Tray in Revit MEP - employ filled region manually to hatch cable tray, else apply phases inside Revit MEP to set up phases, change graphics of phases to indicate hatching, Bill Johnson, Ideate, Dec 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get Switch System from FamilyInstance? - filter all switch systems to check if any switch system contains family instance, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit API: How to Get DWGExportOptions - apply ElementFilter to filter DWGExportOptions, call ExportDWGSettings.GetDWGExportOptoins() to obtain entry point of all information related to DWG export, Aaron Lu, AEC DevBlog, Dec 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

MSC Rethinks CAE Software with Apex - users can extract mid-surfaces from imported CAD solid to prepare models for FE analysis using Apex Modeler software, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Exa's Q3 at Low End of Guidance Even with Strong License Growth - total revenue was $16.0 million, up 16% in constant currencies, license revenue was $12.9 million, up 16%, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Dec 4, 2014 (more CFD articles)

The New MySolidWorks Community, Pt 2 - click on CAD models to open 3D content central page, click on image to select model for configuring, downloading, visit forums to view user discussions or contribute to ongoing discussions, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Hole Wizard Database File is Not the Expected Version - select hole wizard/toolbox from system options tab, browse to correct path to pick correct folder in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Apps Blog, Dec 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fun with Asymmetric Fillets in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - convert profile from elliptical to conic rho to allow style control, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Dec 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Custom Cameras and Lights in SOLIDWORKS - rendering, visualization tips to adjust camera depth of field, create fog, light bulb in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Johns, Infinite Skills Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Unconventional Strategies for Roughing - determine arc of contact, average chip thickness to optimize rough-machining operations, employ CAM software for toolpath optimization, dynamic milling, Bill Bogue, MoldMaking Technology, Dec 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

CAMWorks - Programming a Multistep Hole - YouTube, Nov 26 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

Year-End Workstation Evaluation - when specifying workstation upgrade, balance 4 components: processors, memory, storage, graphics, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

5 Industries Benefiting from 3D Printing Metals - automotive, aerospace, defense, tooling industry, luxury, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Dec 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk Amps Up BIM with Expanded Cloud-based Collaboration Services - 2 key new services were announced: Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit, Field Assets for InfraWorks 360, In the Fold, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Autodesk 360 articles, Civil 3D articles)

AU 2014: Tuesday Highlights - keynotes by Jeff Kowalski, Carl Bass, innovation forum on future of buildings, AU Blog, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Innovation Forum: The Future of How Products Are Made - theme was democratization of manufacturing, approach to design is shifting, users shared their experience of bringing product to market, AU Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

AU 2014: Wednesday Highlights - innovation forum discussed infrastructure challenges, technology trends discussion with Lynn Allen, AU Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

How to Repair Corrupt AutoCAD Files - locate, delete .dwl, .dwl2 files that are found alongside DWG file, check if DWG file opens, else open DWG, run RECOVER command to recover file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Express Tools Command Shows Unknown Command in AutoCAD - check support file search path if express tools are already installed or if certain express tools work, invoke EXPRESSTOOLS command to load express tools CUI file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Use System.Threading.Tasks.Task with GetProgressView() - launch new instance of progress dialog that takes some loading time in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

The Revit API Panel at Autodesk University - Q&A about finding surface loop while working with ceiling parameter, elements, support for adding behavior, logic into model, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Dec 3, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Turn Off or Batch Delete Light Sources When Exporting from Revit 2015 to NWC and Appending to Navisworks 2015 - open problem NWF in MouseController, set up macro to delete lights, else locate light source subcategory in NWC export view, turn light before re-exporting file, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Dec 3, 2014 (more Navisworks articles, Revit tutorials)

Revit Crashes When Accessing the Material Editor - install latest Revit update, check if there is ample memory, install certified, latest driver, visit graphics options, hardware acceleration to uncheck it, disable 3rd party applications, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Dec 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Our Revit Username and Signing into A360 - log into A360 before creating/opening local file to work in project that uses worksets in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Structural Optimization: Philosophy or Science? - physics of engineering structure must be fully understood before any meaningful optimization can be attempted, FEA implementation of the structure must be sound, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Dec 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Investigating LED Efficiency Via Multiphysics Simulation - modeling blue LEDs with multiphysics simulation, optimizing efficiency of LED light output in COMSOL Multiphysics, Matt Pooley, COMSOL Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

First Look: MSC Nastran 2014 - improved ability to simulate flexibility in defining combinations of load cases, ability to activate, deactivate rigid elements in subcases, improved axisymmetric harmonic concentrated mass element, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Dec 3, 2014 (more FEA articles)

SOLIDWORKS Quick Tip - How to Create a Custom Weldment Profile - sketch initial geometry before turning it into sheet metal part using 12 gauge selection from gauge table, convert edges to new sketch, fully define profile before saving sketch as library feature part, David Brown, Dec 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The New MySolidWorks Community, Pt 1 - 3 levels: MySolidWorks, MySolidWorks Standard, MySolidWorks Professional, visit 'buzz' page to view recent content from community, click training link to avail training videos but it is available for only MySolidWorks Professional customers, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Hold On: Don't Click There, Click Here in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - click on library tab, hold on archiving button located at top of manufacturer parts manager, hit archiving wizard to select specific areas, unarchive selections, Neil Lantto, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - How to Open Large Assemblies  - understanding methods to open large, problematic assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Aten, YouTube, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS What's New 2015 - Enhanced Workflows: Fillet Blends - split line, delete face, surface fill features of surface blending workflow in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Dec 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

30 of the Best Mobile Apps for BIM - Graphisoft BIMx, Tekla BIMsight Mobile, McNeel iRhino, LCi Sightspace3D, Autodesk 360 mobile, Revizto Viewer, SketchUp viewer, Mycadbox, AEC Magazine, Nov 27, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Vectorworks User Cases - Interview to Key Users - Q&A with CAD/BIM consultant Franšois LÚvy about specialization in projects, fundamental application of Vectorworks to single-family residential projects, advise for user working in 2D to begin process of transforming 3D, Daniel Dobrzynski, CADdigest.com, Dec 3, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles, AEC articles)

Simulation Workshop, Pt 6: Contact - modeling physical behavior of pin in lug, studying contact routines in structural simulation, Laurence Marks, DEVELOP 3D, Dec 2, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Making Waves with Contour and Isosurface Plots - using contours to depict stress distributions in COMSOL Multiphysics, isosurfaces in acoustics applications, Lexi Carver, COMSOL Blog, Dec 1, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

PTC Live Stuttgart: Are You Adapting to the Internet of Things? - PTC to group IoT technologies, products under ThingWorx brand, economic impact of IoT is estimated to be 10 times greater than 3D printing, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Dec 2014 (more PTC articles, engineering articles)

Dell Precision Tower 5810: CAD power in a Next-Generation Intel Xeon and AMD FirePro Workstation - 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5-1620 processor, 4 GB AMD FirePro W5100 professional graphics card, efficient design for cooling, capacity, can be configured for CAE, simulation, rendering workflows, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Dec 2014 (more Dell workstation reviews)

Autodesk University 2014 - Day 2 - keynote by Jeff Kowalski of Autodesk, CEO Carl Bass discussed interactions with computers, design, Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014: Main Session Live Blog - Autodesk is making its software free to any student, anywhere in world, Project H was discussed, 'Subscribe to Autodesk' facility announced, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 Opening Keynote Selected Quotes - biggest change has been ability to work with much richer data, data capturing allows computer to take on more of foundational work, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

AU2014: Summary of Carl Bass' Keynote Remarks - make it easier to work with computers, expand beyond mouse, keyboard to scanners, cameras, next step after 3D printing is robots, Scott Sheppard, It's Alive in Lab, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

AU2014: Summary of Jeff Kowalski's Keynote Remarks - design like nature using  taxonomy, leverage generative design to let computers do more of work for you, Scott Sheppard, It's Alive in Lab, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 Keynote: Generative Design and Life Mimicry - Jeff Kowalski discussed future of Autodesk development, design methodologies, generative design, Mark Flayler, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 Opening Session Keynotes - Jeff Kowalski talked about referring to natural world for ideas, CEO Carl Bass talked about working with better data, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014: Day 1 - Andrew Anagnost talked about upcoming business model transformation from perpetual to term-based licensing, technical presentations about Autodesk's PaaS layer were presented, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Dec 3, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Is This the Start of Autodesk Fusion 360 Replacing Inventor? - Q&A product design suite that subscribes would get, shift in strategy away from Inventor, desktop suites, getting access to Fusion 360, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Dec 2, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles, Inventor articles)

Dimensioning an External Angle in AutoCAD - invoke angular dimensions command, press enter to allow selection of vertex, pick points on each of 2 lines that make up angle before choosing point to define location of dimension line, Martin Phelps, CADline, Dec 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

License Time-Out Feature in AutoCAD - implement options file with network license manager, employ TIMEOUT keyword to configure license time-out, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Vault: Slop Factor - Fine Tune Searches - modify value for SearchSlopFactor in ADMS's Web.config file to refine search results that limits responses to range values searched, Kim Hyde, CADline, Nov 25, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Filter More Effectively with Assembly Codes - assign correct assembly codes to families to easily filter schedule, change 'show classifications for' option to all categories when modifying assembly codes in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Dec 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

By Sketch Stairs and Using Stair Path and Tread Number Annotation Tools - create stair by component, apply 'convert' to turn each run/landing into sketch based component in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: New Sketch Pop-Ups - select corner point connecting 2 lines to view pop-up, else acquire new pop-up by defining end of spline to connect to existing curve, John Setzer, SolidNotes, Dec 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Precise Placement of Forces and Fixtures - create sketch, select face(s) that are needed to be divided to form faces, generate split line within fixture or external loads in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Using Copy and Paste to Create Similar States and Transitions - copy release documents, paste them on blank area of workflow, select source, destination state before renaming transitions to complete change to workflow, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Dec 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Hide Captures in SOLIDWORKS Inspection - apply feature from view menu to hide away all captured characteristics making remaining few much easier to spot, Will Maier, Design Point Solutions, Dec 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS What's New 2015 - Enhanced Drawing Angle Dimension - angle dimension using imaginary lines, flipping angle dimension to its vertically opposite angle, flipping angle dimension to its explementary angle in drawings environment, YouTube, Dec 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The Interface of Choice for SSDs - PCI Express provides much higher capacity path to storage drives than SATA does, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Nov 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

It's Time to Declare browserCAD in a Deep Funk - browserCAD fails because of low barrier to entry on development side, low financial barrier, its target market doesn't exist, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Dec 2, 2014 (more CAD development articles, cloud articles)

Using Virtual Operations to Simplify Your Geometry - exploring virtual operations menu in COMSOL Multiphysics: ignore vertices and form composite edges, ignore edges and form composite faces, ignore faces and form composite domains, collapse edges and merge vertices, collapse faces and merge edges, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Nov 28, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3 Things SketchUp Users Need to Know When Using a 3D Mouse - learn to set up, customize 3D mouse, pick right 3D mouse for needs, 3DxBlog, Nov 26, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

ANSYS Workbench Installations and RedHat 6.6 - Error and Workaround - RHEL is only supported up through 6.5 for ANSYS 15.0, workaround involves renaming directory in installation path, Ted Harris, PADT Blog, Dec 1, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

3 Essential Competencies for CAD Managers - focus on delivering work by its stated deadline, effective communication is essential, tips to keep in mind when seeking buy-in from decision-makers, 3DxBlog, Nov 10, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Trimble Looks for AEC Efficiencies Through Collaboration - Trimble Connect offers cloud-based platform for strategic collaboration in construction, operation of buildings, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Dec 1, 2014 (more AEC articles, SketchUp articles)

Bentley's Year in Infrastructure: Connections, Options & Tech - announced CONNECT Edition, cloud serves as connection platform, openness can't be oversold, new technologies need new ways of doing business, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Dec 1, 2014 (more MicroStation articles, AEC articles, CAD show articles)

Autodesk University 2014 - Day 1 - Autodesk educational community - by numbers, Lynn Allen discussed AU2014 app with new attendees at Freshman Orientation event, Autodesk discussed 'voice of the customer,' Mark Kiker, CADD Manager Blog, Dec 1, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD show articles)

Linetype Scale Matrix Tutorial, Pt 1 - apply GLOBAL LTSCALE, PSLTSCALE setting for controlling line visibility in model, paper space, determine scale factor corresponding to print scale of view in AutoCAD, Mark Sadler, Best CAD Tips, Nov 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Linetype Scale Matrix Tutorial, Pt 2 - draw lines in model space, open properties palette to ensure that linetype scale setting for selected object is 1, set LTSCALE setting to match drawing's scale factor in AutoCAD, Mark Sadler, Best CAD Tips, Nov 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Drawing Autodesk Inventor Standards with Style - create engineering drawings based on drafting standards, add style to assist in communicating manufacturing needs, employ 'style and standard editor' to control appearance of dimensions, center marks in Inventor 2015, Elvis Sverko, Cadalyst, Nov 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: File Handling - employ asset tracking dialog box to keep external files under control, resource collector tool to collect bitmaps, photometric, 3ds Max files, Max file finder utility to narrow down search process, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Dec 1, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Customize a Continuous Rail Extension in Revit - visit ribbon, locate continuous rail panel, click edit rail, edit path, select segment of extension to remove it, employ work plane viewer during editing extension, James Philip, CADline, Dec 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Define a Continuous Rail Extension in Revit - position cursor on rail, apply tab key to cycle through until only top rail is highlighted, select top rail, open type properties button to modify rail extensions, James Philip, CADline, Dec 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Room/Area Color Schemes, Pt 2 - open edit color scheme dialog box to define colors for color plan, determine property used to set colors, check below space type pull-down to view saved color schemes in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Nov 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Setting Yes No Parameters with Formulas - understanding valid math statements that justify inconsistent units in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Dec 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

LazJS for Revit - easy-to-use plug-in comes with fully functional editor that allows creating more elaborate routines, functions for exporting, importing data to Excel but gives error when debugging Revit macro in SharpDevelop after installing LazJS, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Vault - Attachments - select file to be attached, paperclip main menu toolbar, browse Vault to attach file, check if attached file is visible on 'uses' tab, Chris Turner, CADline, Dec 1, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Item and Change Order Unlock Command - modify application pools from IIS manager to one service each to reduce worker process from restarting, set IIS_IUSRS to fully control websites, else upgrade to Vault Professional 2015, Ronald Smith, Cracking the Vault, Nov 26, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

SOLIDWORKS: Isometric Section View is a Right Mouse Click Away - select isometric section view to change section view to isometric view, choose remove isometric view option to change it back to original state, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Dec 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Resize Imported Geometry Using the Move Face Command - invoke move face command to adjust imported geometry that does not have correct physical dimensions, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Manipulate Your Loft with Connectors - tips to modify shape of loft in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Open CASCADE Technology Overview - technology uses BRep approach to represent 3D models, analogy between BRep topology, classic topology, reconstruction of surface from points, Sergey Slyadnev, isicad, Nov 25, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

How to Easily Connect 1D Pipes to 3D Flow Domains - pipe connection feature in COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 couples 1D pipe segment with 3D single-phase flow body, Niklas Rom, COMSOL Blog, Nov 27, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

All the Truth About CAE and FEA Simulation Software - CAE software user makes point about claims of software vendors about ease of use, accuracy, speed, affordability of CAE software, FEA for All, Nov 22, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Still Using 2D for Basic Design? Why? Can - benefits of modeling in 3D, key benefits of using MarineDrafting in basic design phase, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Nov 25, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

Composites - Cavity and Solid Wall Connection: ArchiCAD 17 - 18 - lower intersection priority for internal wall of cavity to achieve proper connection, check 'use legacy and intersection surface methods for model elements' option to get rid of separator line, ArchiCAD SADC, Nov 28, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Autodesk Talks to Architosh About Fusion 360 and the Sea Change in Product Design - Kevin Schneider of Autodesk talks about company's cloud strategy, Fusion 360 responding to changing trends in product design, manufacturing, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Nov 26, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Automating the Application of a Viewport Scale - get numeric equivalent of plot scale, use ZOOM command with XP option, panning specific distance or to objects, CADTutor, Dec 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 4 - AEC Subtract - employ AecLineworkSubtract command to subtract parts of linework, AEC polygons, mass element extrusions that have embedded profile, spaces or hatches, avoid erasing selected items when specifying subtract border, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Nov 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Sharing and Embedding A360 Models - upload new model in A360 account, click on 'share item' option to share latest version of item using shortened link, email link, generate HTML fragment to embed viewer directly in web page, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 27, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Meet the Survey Query - Civil 3D - visit contextual ribbon menu to create survey queries, avail query builder window once new query gets created in Civil 3D, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Nov 26, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Sheet Metal Intersection Development in Inventor - model run, branch ducts as single surface, employ trim surface tool to remove end of branch duct, invoke thicken/offset command to add desired sheet meal thickness inside branch duct surface, John Hackney, IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog, Nov 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Batch Update Inventor File Materials and Appearances - open task scheduler, select update design command, choose project folder to update, check 'update local materials and appearances' option before updating task, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Drawing View Width - select drawing view, calculate scale necessary to attain required width or height in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set Drawing's View Back to Normal - code to modify drawing view's camera in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Help Me, Help You - customize 3D models based on industry standards, constructability coordination using Revit Structure, linking IFC files with new IFC link tool, monitoring model progression with level of development matrix, Kaushal Diwan & Adam Munoz, AUGI Library, Nov 26, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Design, Coordinate, Fabricate - contractors use Revit MEP platform, LOD 400 content for design to construction phases, Kenneth Eastman, AUGI Library, Nov 28, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Categories and Subcategories - open project file, create, modify subcategories in object styles, check subcategories to control export of model to dwg, IFC in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Handling Transaction Status and Errors - understanding actionable methods of transaction phases, returning status, Transaction.Commit method, blocks to roll transaction phases back automatically in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

0-4 Tips and Tricks - hot keys, tips to make lists, access list items, node options, auto-complete in Dynamo, Colin McCrone, Dynamo, Dec 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Model & 3D Print a Custom Christmas Ornament - create sketch, extrude cylinder, apply wrap, split line, intersect, offset, combine, scale feature, set patterns to design ornament in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, rapid prototyping articles)

More Than 1 Way to Perform Thermal Stress Analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - discusses assumptions, considerations for particular method along with minimum simulation software package required, Paolo Olmos, HRS Blog, Nov 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Model Items - create drawing views, navigate to annotation toolbar, press model items to select items from part model to be inserted in SOLIDWORKS drawing, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Don't Forget to Update Your Task Scripts When Upgrading EPDM - open task, select 'output file details' followed by advanced scripting options, update default scripts by opening them from default location, Jeff Barker, InFlow Technology, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Why Would SOLIDWORKS Flat Pattern Drawing View Display the Formed Part Instead? - right click on drawing view, employ open command to access part, manually suppress flat pattern feature in FeatureManager design tree to check any change in configuration or edit model, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fujitsu Forum 2014 - single processor Celsius M740, dual processor Celsius R940 were displayed, 360-degree virtual drive through Bavarian countryside on vintage white Vespa, Fujitsu's 1U Celsius C620 rack workstation CAD demo with Teradici PCoIP technology, AEC Magazine, Nov 25, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, CAD show articles)

Is 3D Printing a Green Technology? - not all processes are as environmentally friendly as they claim to be when compared to conventional manufacturing, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 25, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Design Reviews - Challenges and Solutions, Pt 1 - Q&A with Matt Sheridan of PTC about common challenges during design review, source of data, accessing all product information in real time, Madhavi Ramesh, VizPundit, Nov 25, 2014 (more Creo articles)

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips, Pt 1 - right click on HSMWorks tab to create new job, generate tool path easily, use 'protect' option to lock toolpath, Lars Christensen, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials, CAM articles)

Interview with Hungarian Reseller, Imre Szucs - getting started with Solid Edge, localization of Solid Edge materials, contribution of Solid Edge resellers to users community, favorite functions in new release of ST7, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 25, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks - Block Editor - type BEDIT, select block from list to create/edit block, invoke HATCH command to add hatch, apply BLOCKEDITOR to save current block as new block, edit/define blocks, add parameters, actions, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Nov 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

How to Combine Layers to Simplify Your AutoCAD Drawing - employ LAYMRG command to merge layers, LAYTRANS tool to create new layer or load layer list from other DWG file, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

A Use for Inventor's Sketch Constraint Relax Mode - turn on relax mode while editing sketch, grab text to drag it before applying new constraints in Inventor, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Nov 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Free Tool for PDF Markup - Autodesk Design Review can open up PDFs, helps use all markup tools included, David Gate, CADline, Nov 25, 2014 (more Autodesk Design Review articles)

My Iso BOM is Combining Different Size Pipe in One Row - open IsoConfig.xml in xml editor, expand data branch, AggregatedLists, followed by groups, first group, columns node before adding new column named 'size' in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Martin Stewart, In the Pipes, Nov 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Subassembly Creation for Civil 3D is a Great Challenge - But Creator Beware - trace through decision parameters to ensure usage of correct parameters, consider time for testing process while creating subassembly, Russ Nicloy, MasterGraphics, Nov 25, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Navisworks Quantification 2015 Unit Problems and Fixes - open file in quantification, display project setup wizard where measurement units, catalog is to be specified, select item catalog from quantification workbook, change volume to cubic inches from item catalog or workbook, Veredith Keller, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Nov 25, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

How to Create a Solar Study Using Revit and Autodesk Cloud Rendering Service - open view in Revit where solar study is to be applied, click on sun settings to adjust sun study parameters, set desired sun parameters, turn on shadows before activating solar study preview, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

LED Light Bulbs with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - set up materials, heat/radiation sources on LED blocks, clone study before changing direction of gravity to rotate bulb for each study, invoke batch run command to run all simulations together, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Nov 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: Using Section View From Your Heads-Up Toolbar - click on section view from heads-up toolbar, enter pre-selected right plane in reference section plane box, add more cross section planes before selecting components in SOLIDWORKS, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 Load Case Manager - right click top icon of simulation static study tree, employ load case manager to define primary load cases, load case combinations, simulation data sensors, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Nov 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3 Thanksgiving Time Savers in SOLIDWORKS: Inspection - avail quick access toolbar to set customizations, add commonly used functions, adjust default tolerance settings inside project options to define default tolerance based on either precision or range, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Nov 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Eliminate Prompts to Save Read Only Documents - tips to turn off dialog boxes that appear when working with assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Aten, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Changing Multiple Toolbox Fasteners at One Time - employ filter bar in feature manager tree to change toolbox fasteners, properties of toolbox components, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Shortcuts and Other Time Saving Hints - scroll through open documents, assign shortcuts to tools used frequently, avail command search bar tool to search any command, open parts, assemblies directly from bills of materials in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Morrogh, Solid Solutions, Nov 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review: Esteco modeFrontier 2014 - uses schematically led UI to build optimization routines that link into CAD, wide variety of simulation solvers, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 24, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Teradici Workstation Access Software - purpose-built tool uses established PCoIP protocol to add remote access capability to 3D CAD desktop workstation on demand, can support up to 2 monitors, available for $199, Greg Corke, AEC Magazine, Nov 21, 2014 (more MCAD articles, AEC articles)

I Want to Learn ArchiCAD, Where Do I Start? - take old project, redo it in ArchiCAD, watch ArchiCAD YouTube videos, watch over coworker's shoulder, find mentor, consider training, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 24, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Create Geometry from an Imported Mesh - advantages of creating geometry from mesh feature in COMSOL Multiphysics, Andrew Griesmer, COMSOL Blog, Nov 24, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

PTC Parlays Acquisitions into Systems Engineering Payoff - systems engineering applications integrate Integrity application lifecycle management products with Atego's model-based systems engineering solution, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 24, 2014 (more PTC articles)

Pros and Cons of Solid State Drives for CAD Workstations - SSDs are more tolerant of environmental roughness, HDDs offer comparatively more storage capacity at lower cost, CADspeed, Nov 24, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Automation Error: Drawing is Busy When Trying to Save a DWG File - check files linked to acaddoc.lsp, acad.fas for existence of any virus, locate support folder inside product installation file in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Find Your Serial Number and Product Key in Your Autodesk Account - open 'other downloads' link in Autodesk account to access software downloads for maintenance subscription contracts, visit product & services list of desktop subscription account to avail serial number, product key, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Creating 'Cloned to Be Different' - draw surrounding box building, employ modeling tools to create structure of floor, select materials to be used in scene before rendering scene in 3ds Max, Tamas Medve, 3DTotal, Nov 24, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Drawing Coordinate Systems and Camera - apply ModelToSheetSpace() function to transform point from one coordinate system to other, transformation matrix to transform direction in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Add Enlarged Detail to Your Drawing - create, place enlarged detail view on drawing, right-click on fence shape, select smooth cutout shape, pick attach followed by object in view to allow fence stay tied to view in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 24, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Section Participation of Components in Crop Drawing Views has No Effect - select view, update view after changing section participation of components, else generate breakout, crop view before changing section participation of components in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 5, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Pt 1 - trade contractor modeling with focus on MEP trades, need to adjust quality of construction drawings, coordination role of construction managers, tips to review construction documents, map out systems, mark-up documents in Revit, Matt Stachoni, AUGI Library, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 R2 Structural Framing Quirk - right click on member to avail option to 'flip structural framing ends,' flip or remove one end of beam if it is utilizing attachment value, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Tutorial - Angled Arched Beams - open basic template structural file, use workplane to set model before creating revolve in Revit, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS API: Easy Macros - Tree Display Keyboard Shortcut - open tree display settings to view configuration name, display state name of components, create new macro from tools menu before saving as .SWP type, set DIM, SET statements, show/hide display state, Rhyc Sandberg, HRS Blog, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Convert Workgroup PDM Files Task Fails to Launch After Logging In - open control panel to uninstall program, right click on SOLIDWORKS installation, choose change, select modify individual installation option from welcome screen of SOLIDWORKS installation manager, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Introduction to Macros - tips to record macro, edit resulting code in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Review of Vectorworks 2015 - deform tool, ability to text styles by class, crop PDF pages, rectangle wall mode, faster rendering, ability to import SketchUp model, realistic landscape props, clip cube tool to make sections easily, 3D hatching for hidden line rendering, John Helm, Novedge, Nov 21, 2014 (more Vectorworks reviews)

How to Calibrate Your Load Cells on a PolyJet Desktop 3D Printer - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - access 'load cell calibration' from options drop down, doing all 5 cells each time is recommended, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

First Look: PLM-Integrated Moldex3D eDesignSYNC for NX - integrated Siemens NX flow simulation tool helps users add plastic injection molding technology directly into Teamcenter PLM data, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 21, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

ANSYS Workbench Mechanical: The Body Views Features Can Be a Huge Time Saver - easily isolate contact/target body, identify missing or over defined contact regions, document contact definition, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Nov 21, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Can't Explode a Block? - run BLOCK command, select block name, tick 'allow exploding' behavior option before redefining block in AutoCAD, CAD Panacea, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

ACA 2015: Cannot Invoke (Command) from *Error* Without... - load code in every drawing to be opened, designate ACADDOC.lsp as trusted path if SECURELOAD is set to 1,else paste code in notepad before saving file with LSP extension, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Nov 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

How to Export and Import AutoCAD Tool Palettes - choose customize palette from menu, right click above palette to be copied, select export from context menu before saving file, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Find the Midpoint Between 2 AutoCAD Objects - employ CIRCLE command, right click to select snap overrides to draw midpoint between 2 points in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Nov 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inventor - Tube & Pipe Section Views - select 'always' option in section standard parts in drawing view dialog, access sectioning options via Inventor's browser in drawing environment to turn on sectioning for pipes or pipe components, Kim Hyde, CADline, Nov 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Physical Properties of Large Models Containing Rectangular Pattern are Not Calculated - select solid in browser bar followed by RMB, properties, update, calculate mass/volume for each solid body, else set 'requested accuracy' to medium from low to display physical properties in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 11, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Misaligned Textures in Revit 2015 - replace Revit texture, correct size of new texture, check if texture has been sampled correctly else adjust image position offsets or rotation, Dennis Collin, CADline, Nov 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DynamoUnfold - understanding state of code, nodes in library that allows unfolding sets of faces, surfaces, or triangulated surfaces, structure of library, unfolding vs unrolling, tips to deal with overlaps during unfolding in Revit, Michael Kirschner, Dynamo, Nov 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Started Programming Revit, Pt 2 - employ Create.NewTag() function to tag element, place tag at center of wall to retrieve baseline of wall, create point in middle of baseline, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Ramdrive - observe temp directory, taskmanager's processes tab to better understand status of Revit cache files, memory, press worksets button to check RAM usage, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation: Analyze Spot Welds - define spot welds using connectors on car frame, define no penetration condition between parts to ensure spot weld locations get loaded, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How FEA Theory Can Save You Time - understanding linear static portion of SOLIDWORKS Simulation, running simple analysis on pliers, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Nov 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 2: Author Tab - tools for adding 2D elements into Composer project: arrow, circle, image 2D, path > create associative path from neutral, label, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Surface Modeling - convert regular spline into style spline, control handle points, check new split tool to split surface bodies in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Know Your Processors: Intel Core and Xeon - Core offers capable CPUs for high-performance desktops, entry-class workstations, in addition to that, Xeon offers higher core counts per processor, support for dual-socket configurations, ECC memory support, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Nov 20, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later - 3D laser scanning technology captures 'snap-shots' of conditions before, during, after project phases, providing useful scan data, Kevin Nelson, AECbytes, Nov 20, 2014 (more reverse engineering articles)

Working with Imported CAD Designs - using different representations of same design in COMSOL Multiphysics, importing, repairing geometry, deleting smaller, larger details, creating features, Lorant Olasz, COMSOL Blog, Nov 20, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The Continuing Relevance of Spatial's 3D Software Components - components need to be fully documented, thoroughly tested to remain effectively reusable; looking at 3D ACIS Modeler, Convergence Geometric Modeler, 3D InterOp CGM, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Nov 20, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

3D Printing Predictions for 2015 - large companies will be entering market in 2016, entrepreneurs begin to gain most from 3D printing, Philippe Chiasson, Inside 3DP, Nov 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

What is a CNCSimulator? - uses: quick sanity check on CAM, helps debug post, saves machine time, helps when hand writing GCode, learning GCode, Bob Warfield, YouTube, Nov 20, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Quick Tip: How to Effectively Use Associative Dimensions - set DIMASSOC variable to <2> before adding dimension to update dimension when objects are moved, apply DIMDISASSOCIATE before selecting offending dimension to disable DIMASSOC associativity in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Nov 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

AutoCAD Tables in progeCAD 2014 - Create and Edit - click either table icon in draw toolbar or select draw, table from progeCAD menu, specify row, column numbers, locate new data table before inserting table into drawing, CADCAM Blog, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tables tutorials)

AutoCAD P&ID: Understanding Annotations - create simple annotations by dragging, dropping cell from data manager onto drawing, form compound annotations to allow greater flexibility, customization, open select block dialog before generating new annotation style, David Cruze, Hagerman & Company Blog, Nov 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

How to Work with Large Quantity Patterns in Inventor - create part, place pattern with all features, set optimized settings to reduce load on PC, form simple sketch geometry with pattern note before saving/exporting flat pattern to AutoCAD, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Nov 20, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Activating Tube & Pipe After Opening an Assembly Hangs Inventor 2014 - generate assembly variable named DYNAMIC_LOAD_APPLETS, set value to 0, else generate new assembly, open 'tube and pipe' environment in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Rotate Camera Around Any Axis Any Angle - apply SheetToModelTransform matrix to transform vector if it is in sheet space, obtain rotation center, axis before creating transformation matrix in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 20, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Stairs: Custom Shapes and Types - reset underside surface from smooth to stepped to rectify 3D view of stairs in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 20, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Username and Local Files - employ worksets to set unique user identity to Revit, change username until attempts are made to synchronize with central, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Importing CAD Files and By Shared Coordinates - define shared coordinates based on first file, import other site files using positioning option 'by shared coordinates,' select disable shared positioning option if location position change warning pops up in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 19 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 11: SOLIDWORKS Electrical - avail new connector wizard incorporates multiple connector types in scheme design, routing diagnostic commands to support routing, manage user roles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Render Region in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - render region tool has ability to 'preview' different materials within existing 'preview window,' Michael Lord, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

So You Received Your MySolidWorks Professional Serial Number, Now What? - login to SOLIDWORKS customer portal, locate 'register my products' link, follow steps to complete registration of MySolidWorks Professional, Adam Harte-Maxwell, Javelin Technologies, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Avoid CAD Management Traps - don't overstep authority, don't lose control of user devices, don't ignore problems, users, IT issues, don't stop asking questions, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

Interview with Super User Ken Grundey - being Solid Edge user, features of ST7 release, benefits from Solid Edge user community, Solid Edge at understanding needs of its customers, career advice to young CAD user, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Thoughts on SpaceClaim Engineer 2015 - tools to select edge loops, fill holes, repair models, push-pull facets, new mesh editing tools, imprint and wrap tools, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Nov 19, 2014 (more SpaceClaim articles)

Is Your AutoCAD Acting Up? Fixing the User Profile - open registry editor, browse to software, Autodesk, AutoCAD key to view versions, right-click on each product key to rename that allows program to repair user profile, David Butts, The MEP BIM Engineer, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Tool Palettes, Design Center, and Autodesk Seek - tool palette stores blocks, images, xrefs, that can be docked, anchored, open design center tool to access design content, avail Autodesk Seek to find, preview, download BIM models, DWG files, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015 Tray Settings for Print Pop-Up - invoke TRAYSETTINGS command to set, modify display time of pop-ups in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Nov 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AU 2014 Handout: Using SensorTag as a Low-Cost Sensor Array for AutoCAD - install SensorTag app to connect with SensorTag device, manipulate current AutoCAD view based on spatial input from external device, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 19, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Applying Design Criteria in Civil 3D - select alignment, click on design criteria editor located in alignment contextual tab to create design criteria, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 16, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Convert Vault Project to Data Shortcuts in Civil 3D 2015 - log into Vault, right click on project located under project node, choose export to zip file, unzip project in desired location, open data shortcut editor to browse to location where project is unzipped, Almas Suljevic, Being Civil, Nov 19, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Fix Light Fixture Copy Problems in Revit Ceilings - visit type properties to change surface pattern of out-of-the-box gypsum wall board material in Revit, Jordan Mussett, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revisions - set different number to revisions to make things organized, turn off cloud from previous revisions while leaving old revision tags on, check box for issue when issuing first revision in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Project North Don't Do It - create point, move it to round coordinates, employ scopeboxes instead of Project north for drawing orthogonally, create as many rotations per file in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Mobile CAD Workstations Priced Under $2,500 - Xi PowerGo XT, Dell Precision M4800, Digital Storm Krypton, EUROCOM X8, HP ZBook 15, Lenovo ThinkPad W540, MSI GT60 20KWS, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

Lenovo ThinkPad W540 - 15.6" 3K in-plane switching LCD display, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M mobile graphics card, supports 4 displays, available for $2,215, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

The Dell Precision T1700 Entry Level Workstation Review: Worth All the Hype? - available in 2 designs: compact mini tower, small form factor design, priced under $1,000, offers solid CAD performance, CADspeed, Nov 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 3: Legacy Revision Workflow - create new workflow, ensure that conditions are set to either point to single directory or exclude everything, set condition as type Filepath, build state structure before assigning appropriate revision counters, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Where are the Other Shear Stress Simulation Plots? - ensure that shear stress plots of other orientations have exact same values as others that are available in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Replace Mate Entities - employ feature to replace all missing mate references in failed mates instead of repairing them one at time, YouTube, Nov 19, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Pop-Up ToolBar Improvements in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - select perpendicular, tangent or equal curvature relations from pop-up toolbar in SOLIDWORKS, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Equidistance Points & Segments in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - create sketch on front plane, bring in 3-point arc, open sketch tools, select segment from list to set sketch points/parameters, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

BIM Level of Development - defining LOD, specifying right LOD for firm: LOD 300 for specific assemblies, LOD 350 for assemblies for coordination, LOD 400 for detailed assemblies, Mark Allphin, CENews.com, Nov 14, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Dassault Dazzles Attendees in Vegas with 3DEXPERIENCE - David Markham from Lockheed Martin talked about importance of effective collaboration, Eric De Hoff from Honda discussed importance of realistic simulations, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Nov 17, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Choosing the Right AutoCAD Tools for the 3D Job - 3D toolset options for assigning object's thickness, modeling surfaces, solids, mesh in AutoCAD, Scott Onstott, Lynda.com, Nov 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Check Files into a Vault with the AutoCAD Vault Add-in - check in files to automatically create visualization file attachments, employ check in folder command to either add folders of existing legacy data to vault or check contents of entire folder, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 12, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles, AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Essential Shortcuts - visit customization menu to find key shortcuts, type 'X' to locate any feature, employ numbers instead of icons, apply W, E, R to move, rotate, scale objects in 3ds Max, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Nov 18, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Rotate Drawing View Around X Axis of Sheet - select base view, rotate view by setting UpVector as current view direction before calculating new target in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Highlight Assembly Interference Body - insert interference body as non-parametric body, highlight body by HighlightSet, else add interference body as client graphics in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Get Notified About Parameter Change - modify multi-value parameter, adjust ModelingEvents.OnParameterChange event when using Inventor API, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 18, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Breaking the Rules - BIMiTs Content Admin Kit has calculated parameter manager that allows user to set up sequence of rules, combining text parameters in Revit, copying host properties into hosted objects, Martijn de Riet, AUGI Library, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Who Needs Buttons When There are Snaps - avail current work plane, near cover reference, far cover reference options to place rebar in any 2D view, avail enhanced snapping capabilities, UI for structural elements, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Nov 12, 2014  (more Revit articles)

Peapods - explode geometry to create free-form solid that accepts material parameters, soften edges so that they pick up right kind of reflections in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Stair Nosing, Treads, and Stringers - open monolithic run family to access stair nosing pan profile, determine treads based on thickness, profile, material, apply tab key to modify stringers slightly after they are created in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Optimo - Optimization Algorithm for Dynamo - employ simple aggregation approach to define composite objective function, Pareto-optimal approach to support decision making by finding equally optimal solutions in Revit, Mohammad Rahmani, Dynamo, Nov 18, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Turning Lenovo's TS440 Tower Server Into a BIM Server - 2 USB 3.0 ports up front, quietly running fans, easy to plug, unplug Ethernet cables, traditional AMI bios without GUI, quality components with expanding options, but no spare power plugs for high-end video cards, memory is positioned perpendicularly to air flow, base price is $1,258, Bill Debevc, CADdigest.com, Nov 19, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation articles, AEC articles, CAD hardware articles)

EUROCOM X8 - 17.3" LED-backlit display, Intel Core i7-4810MQ processor NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics card, good storage capacity, battery life, excellent CAD performance, available for $2,448, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

HP ZBook 15 - 15.6" LCD-backlit display, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K610M graphics card, multidrive 8X DVD/CD reader and writer, excellent battery life, but low CAD performance, available for $2,499, Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

MSI GT60 20KWS - 15.6" LCD-backlit high-resolution display, Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K3100M graphics card, can drive 3 external monitors, ample file storage, space for 2 more drives, below-average CAD performance, battery life, available for $2,480 Art Liddle, Cadalyst, Nov 18, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

How to Create a DXF of a Sketch in SOLIDWORKS - create, save sketch as DXF to direct from part file, else copy sketch to clipboard, delete title block in drawing before pasting sketch, Ketul Patel, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How To: Upgrade the SOLIDWORKS SolidNetwork Manager - locate installation media, ensure that no licenses are borrowed prior to upgrading SNL manager, transfer existing license, install, activate new version, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Ever Been Caught Exceeding the Limit in SOLIDWORKS - click on add sensor tool to avail option of creating simulation data, mass properties, dimension, or measurement sensor, Sam Hochberg, SolidNotes, Nov 18, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Width Mate - employ feature to make telescoping assembly easier in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Reviewing the ThinkStation P300 - P300 can compete head-on with its rivals' comparable offerings, 85% efficient power supply, available for $2068, Alex Herrera, Graphic Speak, Nov 17, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

Tebis 3.5 for Manufacturing - standard billet definition tools for rectangular/cylindrical stock model, full range of 3-, 5-axis trimming tools, automill module, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 17, 2014 (more CAM articles)

User Interfaces (And What We Can Learn From Their Limitations) - discussing stages of user interface development, drawback to toolbars, cursor menus, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Nov 18, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

Analyzing Aircraft Engine Noise Through Simulation - using flow duct model in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bridget Cunningham, COMSOL Blog, Nov 17, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

3D Printing Potential to Change the Automotive Industry - advantages of selective laser melting for automotive industry, definition of metal 3D printing, Ralitsa Peycheva, 3dEngr.com, Nov 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Polygon Tool in Vectorworks - draw polygon between 3D objects, Jonathan Pickup, YouTube, Nov 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

How to Use SSO Basic Authentication in ENOVIA 3DEXPERIENCE 2014X - modify value of MX_PAM_AUTHENTICATE_CLASS with matrix.util.ServletAuthentication, set emxFramework.External.Authentication value to true, Azeem Saied, InFlow Technology, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, PLM articles)

Autodesk Now Says Yes to Cloud-Based PDM - latest PLM 360 update incorporates core PDM-like document management capabilities, browser-based viewing technology to help non-CAD users easily display models on desktops or mobile devices, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, PDM articles, cloud articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks - How to? - understanding basic blocks used in drawing, application of BLOCK, WBLOCK, paste as block commands, compares BLOCK with WBLOCK command in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Nov 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Where the Wild Things Are: Using Wildcards in the Find and Replace in AutoCAD - invoke FIND command, employ wild-card characters to broaden search in AutoCAD, Isaac Harper, What's the Word on AutoCAD, Nov 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Modify Built-In Ribbon - open AdWindows.dll file, open namespace Autodesk.Windows to avail public API in Navisworks, Xiaodong Liang, AEC DevBlog, Nov 17, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Understanding Civil 3D Labels and Features - open label, entity to which label points, conduct tests to ensure if label is valid, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Nov 14, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Use UpdateAndCommitItem()to Change the Category of an Item - employ UpdateFileCategories(),UpdateFolderCategories(),UpdateAndCommitItem() to change category of file, folder, item in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 17, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Export a Face on a 3D Model from Inventor to AutoCAD - select face of 3D model that is to be saved/exported, right click to select 'export face as' option, save as type to set AutoCAD drawing, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Export a Parts List to Excel - right click on parts list, select edit parts list, export option, choose Microsoft Excel from save as type drop-down menu to export parts list from Inventor to Excel, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Working with Different Revit View Range in a Floor Plan - open plan views drop-down from view tab to select plan region, employ sketch tool to define plan region in Revit, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Getting Started Programming Revit - click on macro manager located in manage tab to create new functions, start embedded code editor to develop macros in Revit, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Filters - discusses information, selection, view, phase filters in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Nov 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

EPDM - Licensing for EPDM 2015 - select license server to install SolidNetwork license manager, activate licenses after launching program in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Using the SolidWorks Rx Utility - visit home, diagnostics, troubleshoot, system maintenance, add-in tab to diagnose common system issues, review problems in SOLIDWORKS, Chris Taylor, MCAD Tech Blog, Nov 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Creating Left and Right Handed Sheet Metal Parts - create one side of part, employ mirror part tool to create other side of part before assigning different file names or part numbers to both parts in SOLIDWORKS, Sam Solloum, Design Point Solutions, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Animation Tips - filter to show keys for selected actor, create hotspot on selected component, Tony Riggs, YouTube, Nov 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

DMLS: 3 Reasons Why You Should Jump in Now - robust materials, innovation, cost stabilization, light-weighting of components, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 17, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Bentley Systems Technology Update - Bentley launched its new CONNECT technology, laying ground for engineering data, applications to be much more dynamic, pervasive, AEC Magazine, Nov 14, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

'PLM Should Take Over Ownership of the Manufacturing BOM Too.' Says Siemens PLM's CEO, Chuck Grindstaff - Smart Innovation Platform contains PLM suite Teamcenter, NX CAx, digital manufacturing solution Tecnomatix, designed to work seamlessly as whole, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, Nov 10, 2014 (more Teamcenter articles, PLM articles)

Will This Part Clean Up? - use of CAD data, 3D digitizing technology can significantly improve overall inspection, layout accuracy, improving manufacturing processes upstream, downstream, Trevor Murcko, MoldMaking Technology, Nov 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

What Makes a Great Technical Drawing: 4 Best Practices - proof drawing for dimension accuracy, spelling, detail inclusion, minimize redundancy, be selective with information, stick to standard, 3DxBlog, Oct 22, 2014 (more engineering articles)

VS2012 Debugger Type Visualizers for ObjectARX - recent version of acad.natvis file supports AcString, AcArray, AcRxClass, AcString, CAdUiPathName, CAdUiVolumeDescriptor, resbuf, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Preserving Draworder of Entities While 'wblockcloning' the Blocks - use drawordertable API to sort entities as per source block in AutoCAD, Madhukar Moogala, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Modeling Irregular Walls - use 'model-in place' tool to manually create extrusion for wall, extrusion tool to model irregular wall, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Nov 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Futureproofing and Determining Intersecting Elements - eliminating more obsolete API usage, determining all family instances intersecting element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dassault and FDA Collaborate on The Living Heart Project - collaborative research agreement between FDA, Dassault on use of heart model for planning pacemaker surgery, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

The Heart of 3DEXPERIENCE - Living Heart project relies on Dassault Systemes' 3D design, engineering analysis software to create interactive, beating digital heart, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 14, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

In Search of the 3DEXPERIENCE - Dassault is trying to move far beyond discrete manufacturing, becoming experience lifecycle management company through 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Nov 13, 2014 (more CATIA articles, cloud articles)

Bringing Shared Experiences Out of the Virtual World - conference held by Dassault Systems gave glimpse of how virtual reality could help plan, build toward greater human experiences, Bryan Kramer, Nov 16, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Tutorial: Fluid Flow Animation - apply texture on actor resembling presence of fluid in pipe, after adjusting scale, ratio of texture, activate textures workshop, Irfan Zardadkhan, Javelin Technologies, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Composer - Changing CAD File Names and Making Updates Still Work - Bob McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Time to Reengineer CAE Licensing: Pay Per Core, Per Job, or On Demand? - existing CAE software vendors need to accommodate Design of Experiment (DOE) studies at reasonable cost, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 13, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Bentley Systems Wants to Help Infrastructure Professionals Connect - Connect Edition software supports comprehensive project delivery, reflects inclusive workflow that encompasses all project participants, hybrid computing environment, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Nov 13, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

SITEOPS for Civil Engineering will Beat the Best Site Planners - impressive software for site design, optimization, claims to save $15K per acre, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Nov 11, 2014 (more civil engineering articles)

DriveWorks - Using Character Codes to Jazz Up Your SOLIDWORKS Annotations - generating dynamic note that includes information about design: overall length, width, height, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 13, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Text Tips for AutoCAD 2015 - improved mtext editor is transparent, comes with easy-to-use resizers, turn on auto bullets, numbering to activate new features, avail TextAlign command to line up single or multiline text objects, Lynn Allen, Cadalyst, Nov 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD text tutorials)

Refresh File from Vault with the AutoCAD Vault Add-in - open project manager, select file, right-click to pick 'refresh from Vault' to obtain most recent version of selected project file in AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

InfraWorks: How to Import 2D Line-Work as Coverage Areas - employ data import, choose SHP/SDF file that is created in Civil 3D/Map 3D, set type to 'coverage areas' when configuring data source, check convert closed polylines to polygons box, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

The Civil 3D Batch Drawing Converter - Better Than E-Transmit? - type civilbatchconverter command to run drawing converter, avail options for exporting/converting dwg files, explode civil objects, bind xrefs in Civil 3D, Ron Couillard, What's the Word on Civil 3D, Nov 13, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Did You Know You Can Use the End of Part Marker to Compress an Inventor File - locate end of part marker, right click on marker, choose 'move EOP to top' to push marker to top, suppress features in part, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Nov 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Warning: The File is Being Saved in a Library Folder - launch Inventor, expand libraries, remove folder in which model is to be saved in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture: Railing Extension Styles - discusses type parameters for top rail of Revit railing family, behavior of 'plus tread depth' parameter that is found in extension-beginning/bottom group, impact of termination parameter in Revit, Ian Nichols, BIMscape, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Yet More Toilets - insert CAD family into massing family, draw base profile, change scale of view, create horizontal reference planes in side elevation, adjust profile shape before selecting profiles to create shape in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Relocate Project is Slight of Hand - discusses relation between project base point, survey point that start out at same location in stock templates in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Nov 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What Can 3D Printing Do for Product Development? - PolyJet, fused deposition modeling specialist, Chris Richter talks about main benefit of 3D printing to designers, to companies that design, manufacture, sell products, field testing of 3D printed products, Machine Design, Nov 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Manufacturing is Taking 3D Printing to the Next Level - consumers are being more demanding, designers, engineers are looking at manufacturing for help; local machine shops are embracing 3D printing technology, cadcamstuff.com, Nov 13, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Studying the Next Generation of LED Light Bulbs - enable scale feature to create model, generate plus extrusion much larger than bulb to form circuit board geometry, turn on RealView, ambient occlusion, shadows to add realistic effect to bulb in SOLIDWORKS, Franco Rotoli, CADimensions Blog, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Football Fun with SOLIDWORKS Motion - create SOLIDWORKS motion study, apply gravity, setup contact condition between goal post, ball before applying force on ball, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Nov 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Download the Latest SOLIDWORKS Software - login to customer portal, select 'downloads and updates' section in self-service area, visit downloads page to enter version in select version drop-down, accept agreements before downloading, installing software, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Equidistance Points & Segments - create sketch on front plane, set 3-point arc, select segments from sketch tools option to pick sketch points or segments, Rosanna Daniel, YouTube, Oct 26, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Introducing Inspire from solidThinking - streamlined, intuitive UI, well rounded support for importing model files, creation of solid bodies, direct editing tools, unique model shaping features, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Nov 13, 2014 (more solidThinking reviews)

Dassault Systemes User Event: Live Blog - keynote session by Ken Clayton, live demo by Michel Tellier about drone design, full Experience platform, Bernard Charles talked about Living Heart Project, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 11, 2014 (more CATIA articles)

The Tuning Fork Application - simulating coupling of tuning fork to surrounding air domain, resulting acoustic pressure wave using acoustics module in COMSOL Multiphysics, Bjorn Sjodin, COMSOL Blog, Nov 11, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Checking Hyper-Elastic Material Models - hyper-elastic response function in ANSYS helps user enter test data, use it without curve fitting, Carlos Shultz, PADT Blog, Nov 12, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

How Much Should I Model in ArchiCAD, Pt 1? - model depending on capability of modeling, model what affects decisions, details, added complexity doesn't always mean added value, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 11, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

How Much Should I Model in ArchiCAD, Pt 2? - model element that is seen mostly, choose to model depending on project type, output type, collaboration requirements, don't model 3D if it is slower, unnecessary, or harder to manage, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 12, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Getting Point Coordinates in UCS from MessageFilter - double-click point coordinates in pixels, device independent coordinates to WCS in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

From Model Space to Paper Space - obtain paper space viewport, extract viewport points, geometry, convert paper space points to model space points before finding scale factor based on points in AutoCAD, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Using Renderable Splines in 3ds Max Design - select relevant preset, choose modify followed by basic, advanced, spline rendering tabs, control jaggedness of curves by adjusting interpolation steps value, Dennis Collin, CADline, Nov 12, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Fusion 360: Promising Power, Uneven Usability - author discusses usability problems, design flaw for Fusion 360, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Nov 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Smooth, Automated Fastener Connections - apply bolted connection generator to create fastener connections in assembly environment, connection generator to transfer holes to each part, automate patterning of fasteners, holes with follow pattern option in Inventor, John Evans, AUGI Library, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iParts/iAssemblies Be Gone - Well Almost - place iLogic component command, component workflow, run, configure part based on parameters set in placement process in Inventor, Gavin Bath, Design and Motion, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Introduction to Parameters - create rectangle, employ constrain tool to add dimension, add dimensions before finishing 2D sketch, change length parameter to check change in dimensions in Inventor sketch, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

GDI Exception Converting IPictureDisp to System.Drawing.Image & Image Stretched - employ ThumbNail property to obtain thumbnail of document, set SizeMode property to StretchImage to position image as size of picture box in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Mod the Machine, Nov 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Adding a Railing Mid-Way on to a Stair Flight - draw sketch line by snapping from mid-point of bottom tread to mid-point of top tread, else generate railings from model lines, once created select stair flight in Revit, Martin Phelps, CADline, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit 2015 Tutorial - Creating Filters for Structural Modeling and Documentation - discusses steps to create shared parameters file, project parameters, filters, view templates, application of filter dialog box in Revit, Autodesk Revit Structure, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Picking Pairs and Dimensioning Family Instance Origin - access hidden elements embedded within family instance, definition, turn on ComputeReferences, IncludeNonVisibleObjects when requesting geometry from family instances in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

A B C D Elevation Marks - tips to cheat Revit interior elevation pointer behavior, display in sheets interior elevations in desired way, Cesar Escalante, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Change Happens - prepare radar chart to visualize priorities, bar graph gives clear picture of frequency of need, degree of change for each category, get training tools, user support methodologies in order, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

CAD Manager's Emergency Checklist - prepare project archives, software license records, software download/install files, customization files, password lists, keep all backed-up resources in an easy-to-read format, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Nov 12, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 10: eDrawings - support for SOLIDWORKS MBD, SOLIDWORKS plastics results, easy access to custom properties window, query highlighting feature, redesigned UI aims to streamline overall workflow, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Top 10 New Enhancements in 2015 - Sketching - avail new sketch entities, improvements to sketching environment to make geometry creation easy in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Going Around in Bolt Circles - apply circular line by selecting 3 holes that define circle, click propagate icon to apply center marks with optional circular or radial lines in SOLIDWORKS, Art Woodbury, CAPUniversity, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using Mates in SOLIDWORKS - tips to create, apply smart mates, advanced mating options within SOLIDWORKS, Tom DiLaura, YouTube, Nov 12, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Trimble Dimensions 2014 - keynote speech by CEO Steven Berglund at annual user conference, SketchUp 2015 released, MEPdesigner extension for SketchUp Pro was introduced, Michael Anonuevo, CADdigest.com, Nov 11, 2014 (more AEC articles, SketchUp articles, CAD show articles)

Bentley's CONNECT Edition Explained - complex, deep common environment to extend across work groups, enterprises, without changing basic file format of products, offers Common modeling, deliverables, application environments, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Nov 11, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

NX CAM 10 Provides More Power for Complex Parts Machining - swarf cut turbine blades for best finish, improve cutting action for 5-axis machining of rotary parts, easy-to generate 5-axis chamfering, deburring operations, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 11, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

3D Printing Isn't As Radical As We Thought - need for customization, 3D printable geometries add competitive advantage, high margins that can absorb added cost of 3D printing, Joel Wishkovsky, Nov 11 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Customize How the Multi-Functional Grip Menu Works - set GRIPMULTIFUNCTIONAL system variable value to 3 to access multifunctional grip options with both Ctrl-cycling, grip menu in AutoCAD, Ellen Finkelstein, CADdigest.com, Nov 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Make Non-Coplanar Objects Coplanar in AutoCAD - visit properties dialog to change properties of objects, else create toolbar button macro to remove 'Z' value of selected objects, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Long Plot and Non-Standard Paper Sizes - create custom paper size in application or in Windows depending on selected printer driver in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD plotting tutorials)

Maintaining Layer Status When Using Nested Xrefs - visit layer properties manager, open layer states manager to export, restore layer settings in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD layers tutorials)

Get Edge in Derived Part That Drives Work Point - employ ReferencedEntity property to get to original face that is in base part, else mark midpoint of edge with work point before applying FindUsingPoint inside derived part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 11, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

2 Ways to Generate Z Depth in 3ds Max - employ Mental Ray renderer or MAXScript to create scenes, open diffuse, Z Depth pass renders in Photoshop before setting diffuse layer, blur focal distance, Uriel Deveaud, Cgtuts+, Nov 11, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Click Points Only Once - AutoCAD remembers every command user types at command prompt or dynamic input area, every point clicked or specified in drawing editor area, Emmanuel Garcia, Autodesk, Nov 11, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Cast-In-Place, Concrete Stairs - select monolithic stair in properties browser, adjust minimum run width during or after stair creation, modify base, top level before starting stair, adjust nosing parameters after stair is created in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 3: Revit Server, Vault Professional, and Buzzsaw - set categories, rules, lifecycle definitions, revision schemas, apply project sync tool to synchronize files between Vault, Buzzsaw, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Magical Moving Grid Heads - select grid line, locate small annotation of 3D or 2D, click on annotation to switch it from 3D to 2D that shifts grid heads to new location in Revit, Mike Taylor, BIM Wits, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotation by π and NewSweptBlend Using Arcs - employ any valid curve for defining swept blend extrusion path, ensure that top/bottom profiles are planar, lies in Revit XY plane, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM, Pt 2 - check enhanced copy tree, move tree features, version column, permission to view private state files, duplicate file name warnings, Jennifer Bahnsen, Symmetry Solutions Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Using Command Button Control to Open a Web Page - visit admin tool, click on data card editor button to place button on data card, add button properties, command type, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Collaboration in Plain SOLIDWORKS - visit system options, set external references, collaboration to increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Drawings - Hide/Show Edges - right click in feature manager design tree, select hide/show to show hidden edges, view drawing properties dialog, pick clear selections from show hidden edges tab to remove hidden lines from features, Rachel Diane York, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Plastic Design to Prototype - tips to design, validate, ensure manufacturability of injection molded part in SOLIDWORKS, David Waltzman, YouTube, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2015 - Simulation Load Case Manager - employ feature to quickly setup, evaluate variety of loading scenarios in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Orphan No More - treehouse, chain patterns features, ability to automatically flattens 3D models, asymmetrical fillets, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Nov 11, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

CAMWorks Quick Tip: Using a Pocket to Cut Machinable Jaw Blanks - offset plane .05" off face, capture part profile on new sketch on this plane, Hunter Cordeiro, HRS Blog, Nov 10, 2014 (more CAMWorks articles)

PTC Says the Plan is Working: Q4 and FY '14 Inline with Expectations - company reported revenue of $368 million in Q4, 7% increase over same quarter last year, saw good growth in its CAD segment, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Nov 10, 2014 (more PTC articles)

MicroStation Tip: Import Linestyles Into a DGN Library - using linestyle editor dialog box, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Nov 10, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Secrets of Going from CAD, Image, DXF or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing - make sure CAD software can handle DXF files, convert DXF to GCode, 3D CAD Files to GCode, image, vector artwork to GCode, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Nov 10, 2014 (more CAM articles, rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 101 Series: Blocks - What and Why? - definition, examples of blocks, linework like rectangle, circle are not blocks, reasons to use blocks in AutoCAD, Walt Sparling, FuntionSense, Nov 2014 (more AutoCAD block tutorials)

Blocks are Your Friends - hit block in blocks palette, click on location in drawing to attach block, insert block in current active layer to inherit colors of that layer in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Nov 10, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles, AutoCAD block tutorials)

DWG Stays Free of Autodesk - court rejects Autodesk's reasons to register DWG as its trademark: advertising expenditure, consumer studies, sales success, media coverage, plagiarization attempts, long use, Ralph Grabowski, CADdigest.com, Nov 11, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD industry articles)

MASSPROP Command Does Not Calculate Expected Volume for Multiple 3D Objects in AutoCAD - ensure all objects to be included in calculation are 3D solids, explode block references that contain 3D solids in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Get Sketch Block the Derived Part's Geometry is Based On - visit SolidBodies enumeration to obtain solids inside derived part, apply ReferencedEntity to get to original geometry inside original part in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Accessing Virtual Parts in Apprentice - create apprentice, open assembly, iterate through occurrences in assembly, check if occurrences is for virtual part before calling function to obtain properties in Inventor, Brian Ekins, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Error: Rendering Features are Currently Disabled - open Autodesk shared folder to edit permissions to allow Revit access, recognize materials library, else uninstall, reinstall material libraries, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DirectShape vs Families, Category and Texture - employ DirectShape categories to create subcategories, generate one or more shared parameters to differentiate them in filters/schedules, assign materials to faces of DirectShape solids in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

DMLS: A Bumpy Road in History - history of 3D printing of metal, selective laser melting, patent rights monopoly, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing Innovations: 5 Fast Ones on 3D Printing - Q&A about 3D printing advancement in 2016, industry that gets most benefits, most creative use of 3D printing, biggest obstacles facing 3D printing technology, Norma Barr, Inside 3DP, Nov 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 3 - compare results in each subsequent analysis to determine time to stop convergence process, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fatigue Strength Reduction Factor - evaluate FS component to apply reduction factors to fatigue strength of selected bodies, check range of surface finish factor, loading factor, size factor in SOLIDWORKS, Rajat Trehan, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Here's the Easiest Way to Move & Rotate Your Models - press, hold left, right mouse button on geometry to move, rotate models in SOLIDWORKS, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Clone Project - tips to copy project to new configuration in order to change settings while retaining results of previous project, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Arena, The Cloud and the Dirty Little Secret of PLM - cloud-based Arena Exchange offers supply chain collaboration, user can invite people very quickly into collaboration, Verdi Ogewell, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 23, 2014 (more Arena PLM articles, PLM articles)

New, New Autodesk PLM 360 with Data Management - UI is more attractive, responsive, Autodesk 360 viewer is now implemented within PLM 360, check cloud enabled project data management, PLM 360 comes with traditional PDM features, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Nov 7, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

ACA: AEC Modify Tools, Pt 3 - AEC Divide - AecLineworkDivide command works on linework, mass element extrusions that have embedded profile, AEC polygons, spaces, block references that contain at least one of previously mentioned objects, David Koch, The Architect's Desktop, Nov 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Missing SHX Files - open file selection dialog to specify location of SHX file, avoid 'missing SHX files' to prevent missing data related to complex linetypes, purge all linetypes to delete shape file in AutoCAD, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Nudge Your AutoCAD Objects Into Place - tip to move objects in screen without applying AutoCAD commands, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Nov 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Displaying a Graph of AutoCAD Drawing Objects Using JavaScript and .NET - allow HTML palette to connect to active drawing, provide data on entities inside modelspace, apply LINQ to query types of object from modelspace's ObjectIds, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 7, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating an Ancient Letter in 3ds Max - generate plane, unwrap UVW modifier on plane, form textures, maps, visit material editor to apply texture on paper in 3ds Max, Uriel Deveaud, Cgtuts+, Nov 7, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

The Making of Winter Light - draw sketches, create model based on drawing, employ particle system to emphasize accumulation of snow on tree branches, model icicles, create terrain before adjusting camera, lighting settings, Cihan Ízkan, 3DTotal, Nov 7, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Using LAYMRG and LAYDEL in Civil 3D - employ tools to merge, delete layers if AUDIT command is run afterwards in Civil 3D, RK McSwain, CAD Panacea, Nov 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Doing Some Math to Create SurfaceContourLabelGroup - select tin surface, call custom method to add labels on each polyline extracted from surface, create list of points, label group before erasing pline in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Nov 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Weird Revit Stair Stuff - Stairs in Groups - stairs fails to highlight when group is selected, highlights everything except selection when using isolate element command in Revit, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Room/Area Color Schemes - define area, room, space or HVAC zone to apply color scheme property, place rooms/areas once boundaries are set, assign color scheme to view in Revit, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Using Schedules for Checking - create multicategory schedule, add family, type, assembly code, description fields, avoid including elements from linked files before sorting, filtering files in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

AutoCAD Civil 3D to Revit - employ extract object surface function in Civil 3D to transform every surface contour in 3D polyline, import surfaces in Revit, open toposurface tools to select imported DWG, check layers containing polylines, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Nov 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Civil 3D tutorials)

Duravit in Point World - set up series of profiles, create form, rim, set extrusion in form, make another extrusion crossing horizontally before changing to void in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Migrating Deprecated API and 2D Boolean Operations - implement Boolean operations to make use of additional external libraries, replace ElementSet by collection of ElementId objects in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Flatten a Sheet Metal Part That Has Intentional Interference - modeling up binder clip in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Peltier, Javelin Technologies, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Simplify Using Porous Media - creating custom porous material, calibrating output data with lab test data, GoEngineer, YouTube, Nov 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

solidThinking Updates Inspire for 2014 - geometry simplification tools, smoothing options, slick interactive menu, mass calculations of optimized shapes, natural frequency in optimizations, good price-to-value ratio, John Evans, CADdigest.com, Nov 7, 2014 (more solidThinking reviews)

Bentley MicroStation Update is All About the Connections - MicroStation Connect Edition has ability to work with other Bentley products through Microsoft Azure Cloud platform also, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 5, 2014 (more MicroStation articles)

Using Your Magic Wand: The Hidden Geometry Behind Venn Diagrams - create fills or slabs within region in ArchiCAD, place walls above existing walls that can be seen in referenced story, add contours to mesh, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Nov 5, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Improve Your Cutting Performance with NX CAM 10 for Die-Mold Machining - ability to optimize roughing patterns, customize, control cutting regions for valley rest milling, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 6, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

Prototyping: 3D Printing in a Nutshell - 3D printers by 3D Systems: Projet 660, ProJet 3500 HD Max, ProJet 6000, Jeremy Losaw, Edison Nation, Oct 16, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Internal Flow with CFD - CFD simulates diverse set of internal flow applications: HVAC, turbomachinery, wind tunnels, electronics cooling, materials processing, Richard Smith, Symscape, Nov 6, 2014 (more CFD articles)

How to Change the File Type Association for DWG Files - open Windows explorer, click on file types tab, select AutoCAD drawing from registered file types list to edit file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding More Speech Recognition to Our Stereoscopic Google Cardboard Viewer - demonstrates A360 viewer Google cardboard app that works with voice recognition, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Nov 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Revit Server: Moving Projects to a New Host Server - synchronize, save to central on current host, click open dialog to clear 'create new local' checkbox, open detach model from central dialog box to detach, preserve worksets before modifying settings, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Export Settings for DWG - visit general tab to modify export options, units & coordinates tab to specify coordinates at survey point, open layers tab to set layer options, change layers, color IDs in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Toilet Training - employ symbolic representation in plan views, set reference planes to define origin, explode 3D CAD inserts to native Revit geometry, remove unwanted edges, seams to give smoother appearance in shaded views, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Changes to How We License Enterprise PDM - visit license usage tab to verify if SolidNetWork License Manager is running, set Enterprise PDM license, click on add button to set license server, add port to server name, Matt Luedke, SolidNotes, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Should You Automate Your Entire Document Control Department? - assign part numbers to new designs, CAD files, create packages of released documents, check files properly before releasing them, create engineering change orders by automating department in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Generating Tapped Holes on Non-Planar Cylindrical Faces - generate positioning plane, select cylindrical face, another geometry to place new reference plane, pick hole type before adding relations, dimensions to 3D sketch to locate hole in SOLIDWORKS, TMS CADCentre, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to: Create a SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Account - go to customer portal, create account, enter serial number, verify company information, check 'export eligibility requirements' to create account, Ashley Cheney, CADimensions Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Smartcut: Using Power Select in Simulation - invoke power select tool, select faces, filter them by face color before applying pressure loading in SOLIDWORKS, Joe Galliera, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS - Basics of the Sweep Feature - tips to create sweep feature in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS What's New 2015 - Spline to Style Spline - differentiates splines with style splines, discusses ability to convert splines to style splines, YouTube, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Smart Components for Electrical 3D Users - employ feature to automate task of inserting component into assembly, YouTube, Nov 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Learn How to Automate with Macros in modo in 20 Minutes - adding 'mirror feature' command to existing MODO toolbar, saving command for sharing across another computer or another user, SolidSmack, Nov 5, 2014 (more modo articles)

What Materials are Used in 3D Printing? It's More Than Fantastic Plastic - 3DSystems ProX 300 printer is focused on direct metal laser sintering; Graphene is newly created material for 3D printing, Jeff Yoders, CADdigest.com, Nov 6, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Luxion KeyShot 5.1 with Patterning Tool and Customizable Materials - procedural materials offer lot of customizing options, pattern tool helps create multiple instances of same object, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Nov 5, 2014 (more KeyShot articles)

Review: Able2Extract PDF Converter 8 - converts PDF documents into wide range of formats: Microsoft Office, images, html, AutoCAD DWG, previews PDF with ability to select objects to convert, available for Mac, Linux,Windows at $99, but no recognition of layers, dimensions, text, or hatch patterns, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Nov 5, 2014 (more PDF articles, AutoCAD articles)

COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 Brings User Interface Improvements - new color scheme helps differentiate between model workflow steps, 15 multiphysics couplings are available to multiphysics node, Andrew Griesmer, COMSOL Blog, Nov 5, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

What Do Bentley and Trimble Mean by 'Construction Modeling'? - Bentley, Trimble make it easier to extract proper deliverable at construction stage while maintaining master model that will remain in tact throughout building's lifecycle, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Nov 5, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

Trimble Highlights Architecture, Civil, Construction Applications, More at Dimensions 2014 - CEO Steve Berglund talked about how Trimble is concentrating on 3 core technologies; 'Connected Farm,' 'Connected Fleet' technologies were discussed, Bill Debevc, The CAD Insider, Nov 5, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD show articles)

How to Find the Serial Numbers for Your Installed Programs - visit 'about AutoCAD' section, click product information, employ 3rd party utility like Belarc Advisor to obtain serial number, check available services for arresting compliance issues, Jeff Lotan, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 5, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Is InfraWorks Taking Over? - allows preparing project by creating storyboard, 3D flythrough, search any area with model builder within InfraWorks, import IMX into Civil 3D, use SketchUp models easily, Shawn Herring, AUGI Library, Nov 5, 2014 (more Civil 3D articles)

This is Why Revit 2015 Content Libraries Takes a Long Time to Install - copy/share content from other computer, upgrade old contents, employ content batch utility to upgrade multiple files automatically, install bulk file upgrader to avoid downloading Revit content libraries, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Get a Host and Riser Out of Annotation - insert data row tool in new location, select host for tags tool, apply stair tread/riser number tool to control parameters in properties palette before placing annotation, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Creating Topography Contours and Building Masses - copy TextForPartialMap folder to any folder, clean Revit architecture project before going to level 1 view, run application from add-in manager in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Create Curtain Wall Tag Looks Identical to Window Tag - create curtain wall tag, copy line work from window tag, paste window tag line work to curtain wall tag, save, load family before replacing curtain wall tag in Revit, Learning Revit, Nov 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Vary Numbers of Points Adaptive Components - redefine location of adaptive points when placed in project so that it forms adaptive shape, report variable parameters, make lines invisible unless placed at same level in Revit, HyunWoo Kim, Enjoy Revit, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 9: Drawings & Detailing - avail enhanced centermark, angular dimension, zoom drawing sheet with zoom to sheet command, layer properties to omit layers from print, paragraph properties, spline leader, improved drawing zones, location labels, Daniel Herzberg, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

3DQuickPress V6 What's New - Unfold QuickForm Flange Tool - click on 3DQuickForm flange tool icon, select pink flange faces followed by blue faces in faces selection window, pick punch direction, enter material type, thickness before creating unfolded surface in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Introducing EXALEAD OnePart - Your Window to Information - find information by shape, description, value or attribute, install Enterprise PDM or Workgroup to allow OnePart scan vault, multiple vaults, Lawrence Checchi, CAPUniversity, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using the Gas Dynamic Calculator in Flow - visit flow drop down menu located in calculator tools menu to open table, check preview box to check formula created, export results of calculations by using report function in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Nov 5, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Rollback Functionality - tips to revert file back to selected point in history, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Re-Orient an Imported File - method to create new coordinate system on imported parts that may have improper alignment to existing planes, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Monitor Review: 2 Great Images - 27" BenQ BL2710, 32" BenQ BL3200 offer feature-rich 2560Î1440 resolution displays, 16:9 aspect ratio, full range of input ports at affordable price, display pivot software features picture mode that automatically changes color temperature, brightness, contrast settings to best match program being used, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more LCD display reviews)

VBA Tip: Maximize the MicroStation ElementEnumerator - code showing different ways to build ElementEnumerator in one routine, then passing it to another for processing, Rod Wing, Envision CAD, Nov 4, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Comparing Drawings, Models and PCBs with PTC Creo View - 2-color comparison mode to highlight differences in 2D drawings, 3D comparison feature rapidly computes graphical, volume differences between 3D parts, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Nov 4, 2014 (more Creo articles)

NX CAM 10 Offers a Powerful Solution for Prismatic Parts Machining - easily chamfer many holes, efficiently drill large sets of holes, reduce tool changes, machine travel when machining features, Derek Hart, Siemens PLM Software Community, Nov 3, 2014 (more NX CAM articles)

Virtualization - What is It and Why You Want It - engineering company could take control of its computers, having centralized computing makes backups easier, more security, freedom to work from anywhere, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Nov 4, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

Missing Tool Palette Groups in AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD MEP - select profiles tab to set status of appropriate profile as current, load content pack if required profile is absent in profiles tab, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD MEP articles)

Read/Write Custom Drawing Properties Without Opening Drawing in AutoCAD - create .Net plugin that references acdbmgd.dll, accoremgd.dll, generate script to file to load plugin, invoke custom command before saving script in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Nov 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

A Digital Prototyping Walkthrough - Welded Assemblies - ensure if all parts are in weldment assembly, position components in weldment assembly, launch weld placement environment, groove weld with multiple selections before finishing mating welds in Inventor, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Serious Error: adskassetapi_new-5_2.dll Does Not Exist - place both 32 bit dll files inside Bin32 folder to solve issue in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 4, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Landscapeforms Equinox Umbrella - model frame structure beneath shade, ensure if required type parameters for valance edge, surface mount stand is available in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How Many Times Has a View Been Called? - hide call out on first sheet to reveal next sheet in list in Revit, Todd Shackelford, CAD Shack, Nov 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Coupling Structural Mechanics Interfaces - modeling reading table using COMSOL Multiphysics, methods for coupling: built-in coupling features, using prescribed displacement, renaming dependent variables, multibody attachments, Ashish Kumar Singh, COMSOL Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

5 Steps to Large-Scale FE Models - divide up assembly into modular components, create component alignment, tag attributes, implement assembly contact, follow guidelines, document, Eric Stamper, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Intelligent Drawing Sheet Zones in 2015 - access sheet format, click on 'edit sheet format' option to establish zone lines, add zones before using them in notes, annotations, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 4: Composer, Plastics, and Simulation Installation - visit installation manager, enter composer, composer player pro, SOLIDWORKS plastics, flow simulation serial numbers to install products, Bryan Pawlak, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 - Excel Export/Import - open project configurations window to create new Excel template, select Excel template to be exported, modify data within Excel before importing files to update project data, Julien Boissat, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Complex Curved Shapes Made Simple - uncheck 'merge results' box in second extruded boss to create multiple co-existing bodies, invoke combine command once part attains desired elements in SOLIDWORKS, Chad Whitbeck, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Exploring Reference Dialog - right click on user node to access reference dialog, click on settings dialog box, reference dialog to select options that control behavior of reference dialog box in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015: Tips for a Successful Upgrade - create backups before upgrading machine, check tips before activating licenses in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Ralph Gillis, CADD Edge, Nov 4, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Changing Spin Box Increments in a Dimension - click in dimension, reset spin increment value rather than adjusting global setting, Jay Pierson, YouTube, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Now Bentley CONNECTs with Trimble - Bentley and Trimble are pooling resources for product development: sharing schemas across design, construction application, leveraging some common modeling software for virtual, physical alignment, Paul Wilkinson, Extranet Evolution, Nov 3, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD industry articles)

3D Printing's New Materials, Pt 2: Metal - developments in metals, activity with standards organizations, technology resources, market implications behind these processes, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Aras Launches Mobile Strategy to Expand PLM User Base - Aras Flow mobile app combines ease of social collaboration with compliance-grade security; Component Finder mobile app is component search tool based on ARAS, Beth Stackpole, Virtual Desktop, Nov 2, 2014 (more PLM articles, cloud articles)

Entrepreneurial Software from India - DSTools from DesignSense Software Technologies does the die set design in 3D, generates 2D drawings from 3D models, so that die sets can be manufactured, runs inside SOLIDWORKS, Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Oct 28, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

Site Modeling Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - site modeling improvements, new road tools to make roads of various shapes, Jonathan Pickup, Archoncad, Nov 4, 2014 (more Vectorworks tutorials)

AutoCAD Electrical: A New Twist on Multiple Catalog Part Assemblies - open panel drawing, insert fuse from schematic drawing, employ secondary catalog to manage custom content for multiple users before placing footprint in footprint dialog box, Rick France, Hagerman & Company Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD Electrical tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: Getting the Most Out of the Slate Material Editor - open material editor to view entirety of materials, set up interface, drag/drop material into map, connect bitmap to multiple material inputs, organize things in views, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Nov 3, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Navisworks Import of a Revit Site Designer Surface - open file in Navisworks, select HUD button in view tab to check coordinates, pick steering wheel in navigation bar before attempting to move pivot point, James Philip, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

What Is It Made of? - Issue with Gravity Pipe Materials in 2015 - invoke content builder command, open catalog pipe, content builder panel, right-click on size parameters to select add, pick material from new parameter box before closing pipe catalog in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Alignment Curve Mid Point Coordinates - determine center point location, PI point, check difference in northing, easting between 2 values, obtain distance of leg of triangle before attempting to add/subtract expressions in Civil 3D, Christopher Fugitt, Civil 3D Reminders, Nov 2, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How Precise is Precise? Changing Measure Precision in Autodesk Inventor - visit tools tab to open document settings dialog, adjust 'linear dim display precision' value to change measure precision for document, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Delete Linked Image File from Title Block - code to remove image programmatically from drawing's title block in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

How To: Create 2D Sketches in Autodesk Inventor - select either new part or 'my templates' option, start 2D sketch to pick plane, utilize projected reference to dimension, create symmetry constraints, Adam Cooper, Infinite Skills Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Structural - Architectural Wall Coordination - check wall usage by applying filters to view, transfer view templates, filters into model, convert walls to parts, turn off architectural finishes before linking another model to current Revit model, Philip Russo, AUGI Library, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Server: Alternate Project Upgrade Process - open 2 instances of windows explorer in Revit server host machine, point to current, new version of projects folder before ensuring that permissions didn't get changed on copied folder, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 2: Revit Server and Vault Professional - visit mapping tab to check location of central file in Revit server, sharing tab allows Revit client to specify frequency of uploads to Vault before Revit, Vault server communicates, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Concrete Setout Points for Revit Structure 2015 - retrieve first non-empty solid for available element, obtain geometry from symbol if solids are absent in some columns in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Nov 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Testing Simulation with Cloud Computing - comparison of desktop, cloud, HPC solving options, virtual valve test, benefits of cloud, Mark Lobo, Jon den Hartog, Derrek Cooper & Wolfgang Gentzsch, Desktop Engineering, Nov 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, cloud articles)

Multiscale Reactors: Cleaning the Flows - Reactive Pellet Bed feature in COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.0 to handle detailed computational model of packed bed reactor, Niklas Rom, COMSOL Blog, Nov 3, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

5 FEA Simulation Horrors for Halloween - pumpkin loading, bat flow, linear ghost, zombie contact, Halloween simulation black cat, FEA for All, Oct 31, 2014 (more FEA articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 2: SNL Installation - launch license manager, activate product before adding exceptions in firewall options in SOLIDWORKS, Blake Cokinis, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tech Tip: Preview Versions from the History Dialogue - select version of history dialog, employ view command to open version in eDrawings, look back to version 2 to verify if color modified looks correct in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Roy Mutalik, Design Point Solutions, Nov 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review - has Intel Xeon E3-1276v3 CPU, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, solid configuration, ease of use make this sturdy machine quite suitable for kinds of daily engineering tasks, Melanie Perry, CADdigest.com, Nov 3, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

DMLS: The Exciting Maturity of 3D Printed Metal - processes of metals additive manufacturing: selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, electron beam melting, selective laser melting, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 3, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

HP Sets Sights on 3D Printing Again with Homegrown Technology - Multi Jet Fusion printing uses set of jet modules, each with its own series of inkjets, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 2, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Future of CAD Workstations - mobility, security, cloud solutions, more memory, CPU power, video processing power, standardization, voice control are emerging trends for future workstations, CADspeed, Nov 2, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

DraftSight Screw Connections - creating fastener stack-ups in DraftSight as well as documenting them with balloons, bills of materials, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more DraftSight articles)

One AutoCAD Dimension Style, Different Appearances - benefits of creating child dimension style: Less dimension styles to manage, no need to change dimension style when creating different dimension type, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD dimensioning tutorials)

Meters to Inches - select set of objects, rescale objects automatically, employ 14 decimal places instead of simpler 39.3701 version found in conversion tables to minimize error in AutoCAD, Emmanuel Garcia, caddguru, Nov 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD units tutorials)

Error: Bad Profile File is Specified in the Command Line in AutoCAD - visit profiles tab to delete named profile listed in error message, import working backup copy of profile before re-launching program, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Nov 1, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Alignment Sample Line Intersection - select, open alignments to read, draw AutoCAD DBPoints at each intersection in Civil 3D, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Oct 31, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

How to Borrow a Network License - launch program to be borrowed, visit help menu to locate about section of product, click 'borrow license' button located in product license information window, Amanda Abbott-Wiemann, MasterGraphics, Oct 31, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Change Autodesk Inventor Units - open drawing file, click on units located inside document settings window, change units before saving back template, maintain backup of current template files to avoid file from getting overwritten, Clinton Brown, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Ribbon Disappears After Opening a File in Inventor - open addin manager inside tools menu, show hidden members option, select EDM Addin, set load behavior to load automatically, unload second EDM Addin if available, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 31, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Coordinate Your Revit BIM Off - keep files loaded, visible in project when working with federated models, encourage communication, hire contractor early to avoid coordination issues, observe meetings to resolve interferences, gaps, misalignments, general model problems, Daniel McFarland, AUGI Library, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

2D BIM - create parametric detail items representing 3 main pod types, set dimensions, generate variations by duplicating views with detailing or by simply swapping out family types in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Nov 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit LT - Is It Any Good? - lacks improved 3D architectural modeling, links, views, collaboration tools available in Revit, but opens worksetted file, retains worksets, comes with design options, suitable for creating contents in isolation or for non-Revit users, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Nov 2, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Importing a Land.xml File into Revit 2015 - load site designer plug-in from subscription center, select 'import LandXML' tool from site designer tab, select file to import, pick named surface from toposurface selection dialog before adding new toposurface button, James Philip, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rotating a Ceiling Grid in Revit Architecture - visit ceiling properties window to ensure that correct ceiling type in set, apply automatic ceiling or sketch ceiling tools to place ceiling, invoke edit boundary command to remove old ceiling boundary, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

NewCrossFitting Connection Order - element extension method, GetCurve, for Revit API Element class to provide direct access to geometrical Curve element encapsulated in element location property, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating 3D Printable Vampire Fangs Using SOLIDWORKS - modeling some creepy custom vampire teeth, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Announcing MySolidWorks - 120 online training modules, MySolidWorks drive connects cloud-based file storage services, manufacturing network connects SOLIDWORKS users, reliable manufacturers with manufacturing information, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 31, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Dassault Systemes is Merging PLM and ERP Together, Covering Continuous and Non-Continuous Processes - Q&A with Stephane Declee of Dassault Systemes about state of development of energy industry in Russia, level of centralization, merging PLM and ERP, nuclear power industry of Russia, Alexey Ershov, isicad, Oct 30, 2014 (more PLM articles, CAD industry articles)

Lenovo ThinkStation P300 Review - sturdy, reliable workstation is well-designed for workplace, has Xeon E3-1200 processor, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K4000 graphics card, Flex module is designed to allow for flexible arrangement of I/O ports on front of computer, Jason Brett, CADdigest.com, Oct 31, 2014 (more Lenovo workstation reviews)

The 'Internet of Things' in AEC - 2 aspects to be considered: design of building, tools used for design; IoT focuses on lifecycle management phase offering process efficiencies, potential savings, environmental benefits, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, Oct 30, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Does Thunderbolt I/O Have a Place in CAD Workstations? - Thunderbolt 2 storage solution is useful when dealing with big datasets, security of RAID redundancy, uncompromised performance is needed, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Oct 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

What's New from HSMWorks 2015 - high-end roughing strategy, more CPU power, better visual performance for simulation, Lars Christensen, cadcamstuff.com, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles, CAM articles)

The Unstoppable Designer - Autodesk Inventor user Matt Rifenburg talks about starting his engineering career, learning Inventor, AutoCAD, pursuing engineering degree program at age of 52, Cornell Laboratory, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, Oct 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: WBLOCK & Sharing Blocks to Other Drawings - select block to be copied, choose option from clipboard flyout to copy, cut, paste objects, apply INSERT, WBLOCK commands to insert block, export drawing to specific file, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 31, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

Access P3dLineGroup of a Plant 3D Pipe - employ data links manager to obtain RowId from Pipe ObjectId, search row in P3dLineGroupPartRelationship table where part equals RowId, Augusto Goncalves, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles, AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault Performance Tip - Don't Access the Server in a Loop - batch up entities to retrieve properties for group or batch of files, make single call to obtain property values, parent folders, individually process results returned from server, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 30, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Plan Notes: The Basics and Some Tricks - text parameters inside plan note allows flexibility of using any character in key, form entirely new family to create plan note, add general notes to schedules in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Fill Walls - apply drafting fill pattern to fill wall, edit wall properties to change course view, adjust cut property to set appearance of material, visibility graphics dialogue to change pattern of walls, Revit object, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Curtainwall Doors - build curtain wall, select panel where door is to be inserted, change type of panel to wall, select door button, door type before placing door into panel that is changed into wall, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Override the Lineweight of a Nested Generic Annotation in a Linked File While Working in a Host File - set family category to halftone to override linked, nested generic annotation, tick 'replace halftone with thin lines' option while printing in Revit, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 31, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 3: Electrical Installation - click on product selection menu, more button on summary page to turn on products, configure locations, set SQL server if it has not been set before, John Van Engen, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Selection Techniques for Sheet Metal or Weldment Parts in Assemblies - select advanced select from select consolidation menu, fill out parameters to define search criteria, save criteria, click on manage searches tab to identify searches that is added to favorites in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Where Do I Download SolidNetwork (SNL) Manager? - log-in to SOLIDWORKS customer portal, click 'downloads and updates' link, select latest version, accept licensing agreements, confirm language, SOLIDWORKS product before clicking SNL manager to download, Saeed Mojarad, Javelin Technologies, Oct 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit - employ bolts to set failure load equivalent of nail pull out force, add door frame to house walls, reduce door flex at door latch, Stephen Endersby, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Using Batch Manager to Run Multiple Studies - tips to setup multiple analysis jobs to run immediately or at later time, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

The 7 Most Popular Architectural Visualization Styles - Mad Max, Whodunit, David, Paranormal Activity, Gondry, Theodore, Katherine Heigl, Lidija Grozdanic, Architizer, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles, visualization articles)

Using Slice Plots to Show Results on Cross-Sectional Surfaces - visualizing fluid flow across pipe, creating slice plots in COMSOL Multiphysics, defining right plane, Lexi Carver, COMSOL Blog, Oct 29, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 2 - evaluating processes, tools; key aspects to consider with regard to tools: creation, management, delivery of annotated models, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 29, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

ArchiCAD Connection Add-In for Revit 2015 - imports all attributes, properties, classification reference data of IFC model elements as schedulable Revit parameters, exports elements based on Revit's phase status, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Oct 29, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles, Revit articles)

Twin Peas of Different Pods - Bricsys sees no future in mobile CAD, sees part of its future in 3D MCAD; Graebert is going all out with its ARES Touch software on Android, expressed interest in developing 2D MCAD,  Ralph Grabowski, upFront.eZine, Oct 28, 2014 (more Bricscad articles, ARES articles)

What is BricsCAD BIM & How Does It Work? - BIM in BricsCAD is tightly based on direct modeling, 3D constraints technology, 3D Solid can be used in BIM model, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Oct 29, 2014 (more Bricscad articles, AEC articles)

Are IT Managers Ready for CAD Management? - should have background in science, engineering, architecture, and/or systems development, ability to handle cost accounting, document revision, control, project planning, CADspeed, Oct 29, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

The Ways of Viewing You Might Not Know About - visit drawing tools menu to set 2D, 3D wireframe, 3D solid view styles, manipulate view angle, layout, click on home view button to reset default drawing view in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Adding Text in Paperspace to Reflect the Viewport - type regen to change viewport scale, insert scale text field into titleblock to automatically update viewport scale in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Why It's Important to Have an Organized Structure for Inventor and a Properly Configured Project File, Pt 2 - tips to obtain project info, include another project file, edit styles library, availability of active appearance libraries, assessing non library/library files from shared network location, folder options, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Oct 29, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Vault 2015 with Civil 3D - Where are My Projects? - select 'add or remove features' in control panel, pick AutoCAD Civil 3D 2015 add-in, click update to install Civil 3D add-in, Brian Hailey, Civil 3D Plus, Oct 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Don't Limit Yourself, Reveal the Constraints - modified reference other view functionality, PDF export enhancements, thin line tools, ability to reveal constraints, Kyle Chumas, CADLearning, Oct 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tick Tock - set appendices containing latest set of drawing sheets, coordinated set of plans, elevations, sections as required, apply double dome strategy to create adequate depth for well triangulated supporting framework in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Dimensions Tutorial - understanding temporary vs permanent dimensions in Revit, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 8: Costing - employ costing sensors available in sensor tool to track cost of various aspects of part, new costing mechanical process to estimate costs for 3D printing, castings, plastic, weldments before production, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

7 Things You'll Miss About SOLIDWORKS 2015 - avail new features like midpoint line, relations from sketch points, parent/child arrows, check option to change feature pattern to body pattern, work on multiple flow projects, view selector cube, Jason Pancoast, CAPUniversity, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Installation Guide, Pt 1: Individual Installation - go to SOLIDWORKS customer portal to select log in button, click 'register my products' link after signing in to account, choose 2015 as version in downloads page before installing, Neil Bucalo, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Generating Reports - tips to automatically generate PowerPoint file or Word document to communicate results of analysis to others inside organization, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Plastics - Using Model Manager to Copy Projects - process to utilize model manager command inside SOLIDWORKS plastics to copy project, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation - Batch Run - method to solve sets of projects in prescribed order or simultaneously using batch run command, Derrick Franklin, YouTube, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials

Adobe Bets Big on Mobile, Casts a Bigger Net - new mobile SDK was officially rolled out to developers at Adobe Max conference; Adobe has been creating its own apps with SDK, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Oct 27, 2014 (more Photoshop articles)

3D Interactive Visualization of Part Revisions - interactive method to view ShipConstructor part revisions, creating interactive visual model, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 27, 2014 (more visualization articles)

Tips to Improve Your Product Idea Submissions: CAD Drawings - think about parts, not just the whole, save all editions of designs, don't spend too much time or money, spend time researching idea, Edison Nation, Sep 25, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Autodesk's Attempts to Spark a 3D Printing Revolution - reference 3D printer Ember has average resolution of 10 microns, uses photo-cured resin as primary printing material, Rakesh Sharma, Yahoo.com, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Tips & Tricks for AutoCAD Architecture 2015 - ways to access file tabs, command preview, Autodesk ReCap, lasso selection for objects, set geographic location, text alignment, point clouds, layer merge, design feed palette, smooth line display, Melinda Heavrin, AUGI Library, Oct 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials)

Selected Items in Dialog Boxes Appear Faint - open Windows desktop personalization options menu, open color mixing palette to select window color, change color of selected items in AutoCAD dialog boxes, Geoff Woodhead, CADline, Oct 28, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials, Autodesk articles)

One Step Forward, One Step Back - Creating Dynamic Match Line Blocks - create dynamic block that duplicates appearance of match lines, insert field to label next sheet number in Civil 3D, Jeff Bartels, Talking Transportation, Oct 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Adding Speech Recognition to Our Stereoscopic Google Cardboard Viewer - populate initial UI, replace any underscores with spaces, add buttons with spaces under it, obtain access token from internal web-service API before creating, initializing viewers in AutoCAD, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Vault - DWG Check-in Problems - examine contents of UNDDACAD directory on all ADMS, check file date, invoke IISRESET/STOP in command prompt before moving 'UNDDACAD.ac$' out of directory, Chris Turner, CADline, Oct 28, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts in Navisworks - make backup of RoamerCommands.xml file, edit it in text editor, modify file if needed before saving it, restart Navisworks to check if keyboard shortcut works, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 28, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Surface Texture Symbol with Predefined Texts and Symbols - add Russian ESKD standard to Inventor, open add-in manager dialog to enable loading of ESKD support module, CADforum, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Expand Browser and Select Part by Selecting Edge in Drawing View - obtain selected curve from select set, get model geometry represented by DrawingCurve, check if returned object supports ContainingOccurrence property in Inventor, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy/Monitor Between Site/Electrical - link site, electrical files together before implementing copy/monitor, ensure that lightning is level-based, place electrical file elements on workset that is not visible in most views in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

BIM Collaboration Beyond Revit, Pt 1: Revit Server - keep data as close to end user as possible, visit Revit server administrator site to administer Revit servers in network, connect instance of local accelerator once server network gets connected, Bill Knittle, Synergis, Oct 28, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 7 - check if lines being connected in order or sequence or end-to-end in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 8 - check layerOption value, assign layer to centerlines in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

3D Sketching - tips to model 3D files in Solid Edge, YouTube, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Drawing View Labels Enhanced in SOLIDWORKS 2014 - check 'add view label' option on view creation to add view label to new orthographic views, select other, views from document properties to automatically add view labels, Matt Lorono, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Correcting File Paths After an Upgrade - employ copy settings wizard to save current settings, apply replace command to search for file path before replacing it with another path in SOLIDWORKS, Dave Murray, CADimensions Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

I Didn't Know You Could Do That: Open Dialog Box Edition - hold ctrl key to select multiple files together for opening, right click on file to copy, paste, rename files in SOLIDWORKS, John Setzer, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Oct 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: 3D Printers - consumer 3D printers should be priced at consumer level, affordable to run, must have after sales support, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 27, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Unlocking Innovation with 3D Printing - idea behind 3D printing products must consider cost of design, prototyping, packaging, mold making to avoid initial roadblocks, access retailing factors before releasing new 3D printed product in market, John Hauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 27, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Modeling Complex Transitions  - tips to model smooth transitions using combinations of fillets, sweeps, network surfaces in Rhino, vimeo, Oct 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

5 Reasons Why it's Hard to Replace Excel with PLM - aspect of security, universality, handles complexity of integration, Existing copies, customers', system integrators' demand to get Excel, Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM, Oct 26, 2014 (more PLM articles)

The Truth About Direct and Parametric Modeling - direct editing tools built into history-based model are powerful, easy ways to edit geometry, Al Dean, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

Bleak Results From Equity in Architecture Survey Fuel Desire for Change - survey revealed reasons for lower percentage of women in architectural practice; challenges to profession: long, inflexible hours, underpayment, arduous licensure process, Yuki Bowman, Architectural Record, Oct 23, 2014 (more AEC articles, Jobs and Careers articles)

Google's BIM-Busting App for Design and Construction - Flux platform to address urban population growth, considering concept of building seed, using data to improve built environment, Randy Deutsch, BIM + Integrated Design, Oct 24, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Startup on the Danube Aims to Simplify Building Survey Process - OrthoGraph Architect 3D mobile app for iPad works with laser scanner device to survey existing building quickly, available for 'professional' price, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 28, 2014 (more AEC articles, CAD development articles)

Viewing Changes in Vectorworks 2015  - improved transitions, new user preference allows controlling time of view transition, enhanced wireframe view transition prevents complex objects from getting reverted to simple boxes, Jonathan Pickup, You Tube, Oct 24, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

How to Use Circle Command in AutoCAD - click circle button to select circle tool, check 6 different options to draw circle - center radius, center diameter, 2 point, 3 point, 'tan, tan, radius,' 'tan, tan, tan,' Muhammad Arslan, Mechanical 360, Oct 25, 2014 (more AutoCAD drawing commands tutorials)

Get the Right Offset Gap in AutoCAD - create simple offset in closed polyline, set OFFSETGAPTYPE to 1 or 2 from default 0 to check results in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Autodesk Vault Just Overwrote My File - set 'old versions to keep on save' to equal 5 on all Vault project files, apply undo tools or press ctrl+Z to recover deleted file in Windows 7, 8, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 27, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Missing or Hidden Dialog Boxes in AutoCAD - employ arrow keys to move over AutoCAD Civil 3D icon that allows selection, completion of command in AutoCAD, Steven Hill, Beyond Civil3D, Oct 27, 2014 (more AutoCAD tipsCivil 3D tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor: Copy Items Between Sheets Easily - visit graphics window to copy items, pick sheet header in browser to paste in context menu, else drag to copy items before dropping them between sheets, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 28, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Sheet Metal From-To Option - employ extrude from 3D model tools on ribbon to use surface option, start sketch on surface to project surface boundaries, apply flange tool to create needed flanges in Inventor, Charles Parnell, Cadalyst, Oct 27, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

IMAGINiT Revit Utilities: Concatenator Tool - visit mange tab to add project parameter, pick concatenator tool, visit target parameter drop down to select door size parameter before selecting width, thickness from expression list, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Renumber Revit Views on Sheets - open sheet with views to be renumbered, select element renumbering tool, change type to views on sheet, adjust renumbering option, pick selection method before setting numbering sequence, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Underlay Visibility Issue in Linked Models - lower cut plane temporarily, set up source reflected ceiling plan view in host model with low cut plane, adjust visibility of linked model to 'by linked view' in Revit, Dave Baldacchino, HOK BIM Solutions, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Basics - Group Origin Points - choose 'type selector' to change group just like family, ungroup, purge group if used once in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Oct 27, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 4 - if document is part document, check if sketcher mode is active using ActiveEnvironment property in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 5 - carrying out geometry intensive validations in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 16, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 6 - carrying out geometry intensive validations in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 17, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tools: Check Sketch for Feature and Repair Sketch - employ check sketch tool to verify sketch used for feature creation, select repair sketch dialog from sketch tools to view errors before rebuilding part to make it error free, Judy Marlo, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Changing Drawing References in SOLIDWORKS - open edit referenced file locations dialog box, click in cell to edit path or file name, visit references tab in right pane to edit referenced files in SOLIDWORKS Explorer, Solid Apps Blog, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 5: Take a 180 - start smart dimension tool, select 2 collinear non-overlapping entities to create 180 degree angle in SOLIDWORKS, Matt Lorono, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 27, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Virtualization on the Launch Pad - conference by Jon Peddie Research to widen discussion of remote computing, virtualization to companies in fields of professional graphics, CADdigest.com, Oct 27, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

London Duo Inspires to Make CAD Authoring on Mobile Work - CADO app solves multitouch issue of one-finger CAD authoring, features patent-pending technology, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 27, 2014 (more CAD development articles)

How Much Memory is Needed to Solve Large COMSOL Models? - explaining degrees of freedom, 3 memory intensive steps when solving finite element problem: meshing, assembly, solving, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Oct 24, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Quick Tip: Use Divide/Measure with a Block - type DDPTYPE to open point style dialog box, pick point style, set size in absolute units, apply DIVIDE, MEASURE commands to place point objects at user-specified interval in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

AutoCAD Deep Dive Series: Creating Blocks - type B as keyboard shortcut to start 'make block' feature, specify block name, base point, select objects, determine block behavior, block unit type before inserting blocks in AutoCAD, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD blocks tutorials)

How to Create Reusable Custom Selection Sets in AutoCAD 2015 - start FILTER command, compose searches using Boolean selection criteria, add properties from selected object before applying filter, Mark Flayler, Design Engineering, Oct 24, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Project Review with BIM 360 Glue - create project, set project admin, invite members to project, download client that allows reviewing model, employ Revit plugin to upload contents to Glue platform, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 25, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articlesAEC articles)

AutoCAD I/O API: A New Batch Processing Web-Service - create simple console application project inside Visual Studio, add AutoCADIo as service reference, set own ID, key before writing C# code into Program.cs file, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Visualization of Information is a Powerful Thing - interactive representations of data, 4D simulation of project help in communicate information quickly, accurately, Denis Morais, Waveform, Oct 21, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Scroll Wheels in Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD: They Can Behave the Same - type ZOOMWHEEL in AutoCAD, change setting to 1 or 0, open display in Inventor from tools, applications options, set zoom behavior, Jonathan Landeros, Inventor Tales, Oct 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, AutoCAD tips)

Inventor Virtual Component: Assign Base Quantity to the Parameter - set reference to user parameter where mass value is stored, obtain reference to virtual component by its name before assigning base quantity in Inventor, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 25, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 1 - rectangle centerlines command in Solid Edge to pick 4 lines to form a rectangle, draw 2 centerlines either through midpoints or corners, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 12, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 2 - directly copy images for use in PictureBox control when creating UI in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 13, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Rectangle Centerlines, Pt 3 - checks for UI, form level variables in Solid Edge, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Simulation Tech Tip: Meshing with Solid Elements in SOLIDWORKS Simulation - understanding anatomy of mesh, method of calculation of results, pros, cons of different element types in SOLIDWORKS, Corey Gulley, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

MySolidWorks Drive Incorporates eDrawings - Dropbox & Google Drive - select drive folder to open options to connect, authorize connections to Dropbox, Google drive accounts, select any eDrawing to open integrated eDrawings Viewer directly in browser, check explode function interface, Michael Lord, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Patterning Technique - tips to create linear pattern based on spacing between closest edges, Rhyc Sandberg, YouTube, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

First Look: Materialise Magics 19 - 3D printing software focuses on making workflow more efficient, allows users slice STL files according to machine specifications, uses different exposure types, offers new slice distribution option along with intuitive support generation, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 23, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rendering in KeyShot - import specific HDRI, backplates to work with model in KeyShot, drag files into scene, adjust camera, lighting settings, drop material from library before rendering beauty, occlusion pass, Daniele Boldi Cotti, 3DTotal, Oct 23, 2014 (more KeyShot articlesrendering articles)

Interview with Warunyoo Songkran - An Environmental Engineer and Manager of Virtual Design and Construction at Premier Energy - challenges of implementing SketchUp in all stages of construction projects, 3d construction modeling, relation between SketchUp, BIM, impact of SketchUp 2014 on workflow, desired improvements, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

ShopLocket Talks with Carl Bass - Q&A with Autodesk CEO about life before Autodesk, interesting workshops, impact of Maker movement, shift into additive manufacturing, Autodesk’s transition from software company into actual hardware, 3D printing evolution, The Blueprint, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

AutoCAD: Properties Does Not Display Object Information - type options in command line, visit selection tab, turn on/off ‘noun/verb’ selection option in AutoCAD, Jeff Arbogast, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Exploding AutoCAD Civil 3D Objects - enter -AecExportToAutoCAD at command line in enabled AutoCAD screen, enter F, B, T, P, S to display format options, specify bind xrefs, bind type, file prefix, suffix respectively before saving file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 2, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Civil 3D tutorials)

Merging Objects in 3ds Max, Pt 2 - select named selection set type box, type buildings to create selection set that contains polygons, objects in scene, employ isolate selection command to work with just 1 building, CADLearning, Oct 9, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

iLogic - Suppress Components in All But the Active Level of Detail - understanding iLogic rule to place component in assembly with LOD, select component(s) before running rule to remove component(s) from other LODs in Inventor, Curtis Waguespack, From the Trenches with Autodesk Inventor, Oct 23, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Content Center Column Property is Not Mapped to the Respective Inventor iProperty - place content center parts in assembly, save assembly, run manage before refreshing content center to update parts with correct values in Inventor, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Vault Ribbon Does Not Appear in Inventor - apply Vault installer, add/remove features option to install Vault ribbon, visit Inventor to enable InventorVault add-ins, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Join the Perspective So You Don’t Get the Shaft - modeling capabilities available in perspective views, default shaft opening parameters, ability to toggle between perspective, parallel representations of 3D view, update multiple wall joins, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 22, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Core Walls: Setting Structural Usage in Revit - invoke wall tool on structure ribbon, visit properties palette to expand type selector, select core-shaft 18” concrete wall before visiting type properties dialog to set function parameter, materials, finishes, CADLearning, Oct 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Variables with Linear Pattern Up to Reference - open equations manager inside new part model, add variables, draw sketch, set relations, dimensions to sketch, modify variables to create linear pattern in SOLIDWORKS, Brian Reel, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Introducing the Biad - Dimension Faster than Ever with this New Tool - avail new handy tool to create angle dimension between line, imaginary horizontal/vertical lines in SOLIDWORKS 2015, Stephen Petrock, ModernTech Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Understanding Bend Allowance Options in SOLIDWORKS - flatten folded sheet, set accurate size of flat pattern by choosing 3 available options: Kfactor, bend allowance, bend deduction, SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Putting the Spin in Flow: The New Rotating Mesh Feature - apply multiple rotating reference frame to assign zero revolutions per minute to non-rotating components, sliding mesh method to solve flow studies in SOLIDWORKS transient approach, Sasi Sithambaram, CADimensions Blog, Oct 23, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Tip for Getting Exact Position of Cut Planes When Flow is Solving - display SOLIDWORKS, flow solver in 2 windows side by side, start with cut plot before selecting plane, drag ‘preview settings’ window on top of SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Oct 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Surface Modeling Basics, Pt 1 - discusses solids vs surfaces, surfaces to create solids, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D - Segregation - tips to identify paths that routes take in 3D, separate high, low voltage wires in SOLIDWORKS, Bryce Heventhal, YouTube, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Your Point Across to Management - Quickly - use elevator pitch to get management team's attention, help users, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 22, 2014 (more CAD management articles)

From 2D to the Model-Based Enterprise, Pt 1 - 3D datasets make up single source of truth, along with associated artifacts, which completely defines all aspects of design of given product, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 22, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

First Look: Vero VISI 21 - multi-insert moulds and dies can now be managed with single 'master' part, motion study simulation tools, feature tree grouping, management of multiple setups/features along with drag, drop capabilities within tree, new G-code simulator, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 22, 2014 (more VISI reviews)

External Aerodynamics with CFD - applications include: calculating lift, drag for aircraft configurations, finessing external shape of car, determining building loads, dispersion of pollutants in air, Richard Smith, Symscape, Oct 22, 2014 (more CFD articles)

CorelCAD 2015 Adds Parametrics, Windows Ribbon UI - new drawing constraints for Windows, 2D editing tools, pop-up dimension palette, enhanced in-place text, table editing, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 22, 2014 (more ARES articles)

AVEVA World Summit Highlights Value of the Digital Asset - AVEVA showed test version of E3D in cloud, but there are economic challenges, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 22, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Smart Thinking: Improving Collaboration in Manufacturing - organizations need sophisticated, scalable PLM system that is secure, accessible, being provided by Aras, Dassault Systemes, DriveWorks, Siemens PLM Software, Jacqui Griffiths, On Windows, Oct 3, 2014 (more collaboration articles, PLM articles)

AutoCAD Fields Forever - tips to determine field usage, populate data in title block, create closed object/polyline in drawing, place point coordinates in table, link scale bar to viewport, Sam Lucido, AUGI Library, Oct 22, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Slow AutoCAD Save When Working with Xref - change value of VISRETAIN to 0, click save to check if problem is with nested Xref, else turn VISRETAIN to 1, unload half of Xref before saving file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Update TextBox in Sketch - ensure that volume user parameter is up-to-date, set value of iLogicVb.UpdateWhenDone to true to trigger update after finishing rule in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Why It's Important to Have an Organized Structure for Inventor and a Properly Configured Project File, Pt 1 - component files are scattered, files are stored in Windows folder that cannot be accessed, entire model is located on network, content center file location is different for each users, Mark Lancaster, Synergis, Oct 22, 2014 (more Inventor articles)

Playing to the Galleries - get single segment, place real walls, floors, add small voids into rig, solve intersection issues by using face-based void family in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 23, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Worksharing and Duplicating Element Geometry - discusses add-in editing conflicts, data storage, add-in misbehavior handling, loading, tips to export individual element geometry in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 22, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

New Template Control in ST7 - click edit list link in startup screen, select ANSI inch standard from list of standard templates in template list creation dialog to update default templates into ANSI inch standard, John Pearson, Design Fusion, Oct 20, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Interview: Kevin Riggs of the Learning Media Development Group - discusses enhanced Solid Edge tooltips, formats, training library locations, need of help documentations vs online community for customers, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 22, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 7: Composer - improved user assistance allows accessing help menu in HTML format via browser-based portal, render mode can now be set as document property, Windows 8 operating system is now supported for all Composer products, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Parallel Approval Data Mapping is Finally Here in EPDM 2015 - select type dropdown list to create parallel workflow transition, generate actions to set values to variables in data card, Jeff Barker, InFlow Technology, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 09: Creating Flexible Assemblies - assesses need of flexible assembly, overview of 'make subassembly flexible' tool in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Virtually Reality: Making Realistic Renderings in SOLIDWORKS - set proper appearances by selecting surface finish, illumination settings in addition to color, turn on lights, prepare background, adjust camera, refine appearance, lighting, camera, scene settings before saving image, Andrew Jaskey, CAPUniversity, Oct 22, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Bending Weldments with Instant 3D SOLIDWORKS 2014, Pt 2 - reviews bending bar, tips to apply weldment profiles, Jonathan Weisz, YouTube, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SSDs: PCIE vs SATA - Samsung SSD 850 PRO (SATA 3.0) is best option for mainstream CAD with much lower cost per GB, better endurance than OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe), Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Tebis 3.5 for Design - logically, clearly laid out UI, data organization tools, has ability to work with laser scanning devices, Morpher tools to adapt set of surfaces, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAM articles)

Some Impressions of the Engineering Software in Russia: Autodesk University Ru 2014, COFES Ru, Top Systems, and NEOLANT - Autodesk in Russia is BIM leader, Top Systems is steadily extending, NEOLANT is leader of industrial PLM&BIM integration in Russia, David Levin, isicad, Oct 21, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, Autodesk articles)

ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet - 3 features to create all different display options: floor plan display setting of walls, floor plan display setting of windows, floor plan cut plane, Laszlo Nagy, Graphisoft, Oct 21, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

Introducing the New ST7 Hole Command - graphical representations of hole parameters from hole options dialog, ability to control hole diameter on actual solid model when creating threaded holes, Steven Sheldon, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 21, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Altair Engineering's New Release of Hyperworks - provides direct modeling geometry manipulation capabilities, offers optimizations of single part that is used in many assemblies, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 21, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 4 - 3 types of ways to communicate in Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue web app, BIM 360 Glue iPad app: views, markups, clashes & interference, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 5 - identifying, managing clashes, fixing, updating model, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk 360 Files and Limited Hard Drive Space - right click on Autodesk 360 shortcut, select properties, create folder where files are to be stored, search for cmd to run as administrator before using MLINK command to create link to new location, Bryan Fields, The Industry, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Merging Objects in 3ds Max, Pt 1 - employ file merge command to merge building into landscape, select merge from application menu to locate 'Ch03_Buildings.max' file, pick objects to be merged, CADLearning, Oct 2, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Additions to the 3ds Max User Interface - visit quick access menu to change, manage workspaces, right click on menu bar additional user preferences to set customized, workspace, select section by tool heading to drag section into scene area, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 21, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Constraining with Mate and Flush in Inventor - click constrain to open place constrain dialog, set solution to mate to activate selection 1 button, select bottom of part to point to direction of surface normal, CADLearning, Sep 26, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Set the Offset of Components to Zero and Ground Them - employ transformation matrix of occurrence to set API information, apply identity matrix to set all offsets to zero in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 21, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Purge - So Good You Use It Thrice - firstly it will select all unused elements, secondly it will pick up materials/assets used by elements purged earlier, then it will select unused material assets that were earlier associated with materials, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Creating Building Core Walls in Revit - create building shell with multistory exterior walls, place levels to define location of building core, expand wall split button on architecture ribbon to avail separate tool for creating structural wall, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Sep 24, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Shared Coordinates: Site to MEP - open architecture file, share site coordinates to architecture, link MEP to architecture, select building link before clicking on shared site in Revit properties, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 21, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

How to Use SketchUp Engineering ToolBox - load SketchUp, Engineering ToolBox, navigate to desired component, select insert to add component into SketchUp model, visit tools section to rotate, move, adjust color of objects, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Some Useful Tips to Get the Best Result from Your Rendering with V-Ray - visit quick settings dialog to adjust render settings, apply VRaySunlight, VRayDomeLight to arrange scene, avail render mask feature to check color modifications, adjust independent materials in SketchUp, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

A Closer Look at the Magnifying Glass - open standard toolbar to check improved magnification selection tool, activate tool, scroll middle mouse button to allow magnifying glass zoom in, out on model in SOLIDWORKS, Catherine Wagner, CADimensions Blog, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

How to Calculate Fluid Volume of a Tank - create surfaces or planes that close fluid volume before applying intersect feature to intersect bodies, surfaces, planes in SOLIDWORKS, Andy Fulcher, Solid Solutions, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS: What are Inference Lines? And Did You Know You Can Change the Color of One? - visit color options, click on color scheme settings to edit line color, open background appearance to change viewport background color, tap apply scene icon to set appropriate scene to model, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 2 - calculate stress results at gauss points during solution process, check if difference between element, nodal stresses is less which otherwise may result due to insufficient mesh refinement, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - New Constraints in the Width Mate - improved width mate constraints allows free movement between width limits, controls distance or percentage of allowable travel, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Data Translation Tips - tips to work with imported geometry in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 21, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Some Disadvantages of 3D Printings - user can't buy 3D printer, make anything desired, 3D model is still far too difficult for most people, manufacturing price is high with SLS printers, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Geometric's FQ2 Revenue Up Sequentially, Sees Slowdown in Auto, Aero - IT spending freeze at leading North American auto OEM resulted in muted growth in quarter, aerospace fell 7% to $3 million, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Oct 20, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Nemetschek AG will Acquire Bluebeam Software, Inc. - Q&A with Sean Flaherty about PDF solution for collaboration, improvement by acquisition, Bluebeam availability for sale to other legacy customers, sample workflow involving Bluebeam and Vectorworks, Susan Smith, AECCafe Blogs, Oct 16, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles, PDF articles)

Annotation Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - elevation benchmark now has offset mode, Archoncad, Oct 21, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

SOLIDWORKS Toolbar Modification the Easy Way - right click on any toolbar, select customize tool to add, remove or reorder icons on toolbar, hold ‘alt’ key to pick any icon before dragging it off toolbar to remove it, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 20, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Why 3D Systems Corporation Established a $150 Million Credit Facility - understanding bank debt, 3D Systems could use credit facility for shorter term funding needs of business, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, Oct 20, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

AutoCAD 2015 Broken? - visit start button, locate 'reset settings to default' command to reset function, create backup of existing configuration or reset from scratch before saving zip file, Dennis Collin, CADline, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

How to Connect Your File Storage to AutoCAD 360 - click on plus sign located in top right corner of screen, visit 'connect to storage' option to select type of service, enter username, password to choose services, AutoCAD 360, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Combine Xref Files Before Sending AutoCAD Drawings - activate xref dialog box, right click xref files below top-level drawing before selecting bind or insert in AutoCAD 2015, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Vault GetFileAssociationLitesByIds() associationAlgorithm Parameter - understanding actual, LatestTip, LatestConsumable, RevisionConsumable, RevisionTip, RevisionDate file types required for setting relationships in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Improve Your Max Workflow: Adding Natural Movement with the Flex Modifier - set animation to apply modifier, adjust center point, vertex weightings, stretch, stiffness of object, pick forces to act upon objects in 3ds Max, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 20, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Visualizing a Point Cloud in InfraWorks - open Recap, create RCP file, set correct coordinate system in Recap before starting with import process, view point cloud by attaching RCP or original LAS files as point cloud in Civil 3D, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 20, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 1 - reasons for selecting Autodesk BIM 360 Glue as hub, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 2 - creating, updating, managing combined product model in BIM 360 Glue, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 1, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Solution for a Distributed Team Using Disparate CAD Authoring Tools, Pt 3 - view, interact with combined model using 3 different methods: Navisworks, BIM 360 Glue Desktop app, BIM 360 Glue iPad App, Denis Morais, LinkedIn, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Find Your Type and Trolling for Properties - file upgrade notification, ability to search type selector, properties palette scrolling, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit 2015 Release 2 - Implementing Small Changes That Generate Big Impact - ability to load family into project and close, pin/unpin icons, Dynamo button, Project Solon integration, Jason Boehning, CADLearning, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Revit 2015 - Closing a Workset and Linked File Ownership Conflict - closing workset that has linked file associated with it is same as manage links, unload option in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 20 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Generic Family Creation Tips - set correct origin, deal with inconsistent units, 'constrain not satisfied' errors, adjust visibility of different parts of geometries, add sub-categories in family editor, share nested family, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SketchUp Photorealistic Rendering, Its Uses and Features - employ renditioner in SketchUp to control environments, advanced lighting components, background images, offers better lighting controls with HDR-based lighting, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

How to Flip or Mirror Geometry with SketchUp - select geometry for flipping, context-click on geometry to allow context menu appear, opt for flip along context menu item before selecting path/axis for flipping, Rajib Dey, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Review: Digging into the Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation - compares 15" M2800 with M4800, M3800 workstations, while M4800 is solid, configurable, expandable, M3800 is thinner, lighter with limited expandability, M2800 is integrated, bit thick but comes with AMD FirePro graphics, $300 below competition, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Oct 19, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

ArchiCAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie Flow, Pt 3 - Model Export - focuses on main improvements of IFC, COBie workflow, discusses impact of change on COBie workflows with regard to assembly worksheet, Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects, Oct 17, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articlesAEC articles)

Continue a Workbench Analysis in ANSYS MAPDL R15 - discusses interface between ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS MAPDL, re-launch run with Multi-Frame restart in ANSYS batch mode, determine value of jobname.abt functionality for static structural, transient structural analyses, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

Use Grasshopper to Produce Fabrication Drawings - employ ‘object bake’ component from LunchBox to bake every panel boundary curve on different layer, apply series to create layer names for each panel before using Rhino functions to add dimensions, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 18, 2014 (more Rhino tutorials)

Starting Guide to AutoCAD and Its Introduction - tips to change unit settings, basic commands, steps to start drawing in AutoCAD with solved exercises, Muhammad Arslan, Mechanical 360, Oct 18, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

AutoCAD - How to Slice Curved Solid Objects  - change working plane, extract edges, slice tool options, return working plane to ‘normal’ by setting UCS settings back to WCS from drop-down menu under view cube, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Sep 26, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD Error - Corrupted Pre-Install - verify if AutoCAD is uninstalled from machine, fix issues with installing/uninstall software, ensure that all Windows updates are properly installed, Cherisse Biddulph, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Installing Autodesk Inventor and Vault on Windows 10 - tips to install elements of product design suite into Windows 10, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 17, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Including Fonts and Other Files Using eTransmit API - setup TransmittalInfo, apply e-Transmit API to fetch fonts, shape files associated with drawing in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 20, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

AutoCAD for Mac 2014 Warning: Don't Upgrade to Yosemite Yet - click on ‘about this Mac’ option from Apple icon on desktop to confirm version of Mac OS X Yosemite, Bob Felton, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 17, 2014 (more AutoCAD for Mac articles)

Importing Alignment from InfraWorks 360 to Civil 3D - connect to Autodesk server using user SSO account, obtain IW360 list of models, track model number to determine roads of model before creating alignment for each road, Augusto Goncalves, Infrastructure Modeling DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Controlling Element Visibility of Consultant's Linked Model - open plan view whose floor plan is to be turned off, open visibility graphics, click on Revit links tab to select consultant’s model, visit RVT link display settings to set model categories, Learning Revit, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 3 - tips to apply model elements as part of Navisworks model exported from Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Battle of the Bulge - create radiating lines in sets of 3 to host profiles, add curve, thickness together to set position of inner side points, create circular array after loading family directly into Revit project, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Rename Shared Parameter and Aerial Paradise - export all values of existing shared parameter into temporary storage, map each element id to its shared parameter value before deleting old shared parameter in Revit project file, Jaime Rosales, AEC DevBlog, Oct 17, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 4: Symmetricality - sketch centerline, lines or points, select centerline, another line, create half-angled dimension, drag mouse cursor to opposite side of centerline before placing dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Conservation of Energy in SOLIDWORKS Motion - employ motion analysis to simulate motion of models, simulate contact between objects by applying friction, John Trout, CADimensions Blog, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Intro to Dispatch Actions - tips to write automation scripts using dispatch add-in in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 17, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Use of Offset Tool in Creo Parametric Sketch - make square or rectangle, select offset tool from ribbon to set offset value, offset more than one entity or whole closed sketch, Waqas Ahmad, Mechanical 360, Oct 16, 2014 (more Creo tutorials)

3D Printer Design Software: Review of Polygon 3D Modeling - issues when using polygonal modeling: 3D models have to be water tight, different tolerance level; advantages: ability to create organic creations, good color 3D printing, Mike Grauer, Inside 3DP, Oct 12, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Rise of the Machines - What IoT Means to PLM - 2 significant benefits of IoT: products become active participants in business process, establishing knowledge driven closed loop PLM, Sumesh Sadasivan, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Application Builder Launched with COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 - app makes it easy to test different mixer operating conditions based on power, torque needs, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 16, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Kubotek Adds Part Comparison to KeyCreator 2015 - KeyCreator compare can compare part features from a wide variety of native CAD file types, animation enhancements for rack & pinion constraints, universal joint constraints, point-on-curve constraints, intermittent motor dialogs, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Oct 15, 2014 (more KeyCreator articles)

Discover MODO's Iterative Pipeline - Powertranslator plug-in for MODO to import wider range of common CAD formats, Andy Brown of The Foundry, Novedge, Oct 16, 2014 (more modo articles)

Inventor Vault Quick Tip - Creating a Drawing - create new drawing, check browser pane at left of drawing view while placing base view, click 'open from Vault' dialog to avail Vault search options, David Gate, CADline, Oct 16, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials, Autodesk Vault articles)

Navisworks 2015: Efficient Quantification Takeoff - tips to select category by name from selection tree, view individual object in quantification notebook with item calculation/map rules, drop parent group onto workbook item for instant takeoff, Synergis, Oct 14, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Quick Change - employ quick change state available in Vault 2015 R2 version to save read-only ERP object ID on Vault Item, move app in, out of released state without worrying about revision bump, Doug Redmond, It's All Just Ones and Zeros, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Odds and Ends - A Variety of Things I Have Found for 2015 - turn off hardware acceleration in AutoCAD 2015 to get rid of pixels that appear when moving cursors, reinstall Microsoft Access database engine to avoid errors in AutoCAD Electrical 2015, Dennis Howell, Applied Software, Oct 16, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Reinforced Concrete in Autodesk Revit, Pt 1: Rebar Cover - open concrete frame.rvt file to add reinforcements, select rebar cover settings to add covers in project, editing cover settings before selecting beam elements to be modified, BIM and Beam, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit: Converting a Wall Based Family Into Face Based Family - visit family editor to check if family is wall based or face based, insert families in both project A, B before linking Revit project A into project B, Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, Oct 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 1 - tips to assemble mobile elevated working platform in Inventor for use in Revit, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

Inventor to Revit Using .ADSK Format, Pt 2 - create objects in Inventor before applying BIM exchange tool to export for use within Revit project, Liam O'Connor, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Inventor tutorials)

New Text Note and Text Width Calculation - set new LineWidth after changing TextNoteType to change length of string, add twice border offset defined by BuiltInParameter.LEADER_OFFSET_SHEET in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Specify Coordinates at Point - unclip survey points before modifying coordinates, select 'specify coordinates at point' option to change coordinates easily in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 16, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

2015 SOLIDWORKS Simulation What's New - Shell Manager - new shell manager allows viewing, sorting all shell elements by thickness, materials, color codes shells with same thicknesses, check new tables to reduce design time, increase SOLIDWORKS productivity, Chris Olson, SolidNotes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS - Pictures on Models and in Drawings - place decal on face of solid part, shape, insert part into assembly before mating in location, create display state where all components except decaled part is set to visible or removed hidden lines, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

InterCAD SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Event - new release has 2D sketch improvements, rectangle enhancements, patterning, assembly mate, profile center mate style, Treehouse tool, deformation plot analysis tool, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 2: Fix Those References - employ update references wizard to redirect, replace, add, or repair references, check tip to redirect, replace references, add referenced file to Vault in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 16, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Debugging Complex Finite Element Analysis Using a Single Element Model - by analyzing regular, distorted element under identical loading environment, user can estimate stress error and/or evaluate convergence efficiency for irregular elements, Pete Barrett, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

InRoads Tip: Display References in Roadway Designer - access display references dialog, add alignment name, select surface to display feature from, Bob Mecham, Envision CAD, Oct 10, 2014 (more InRoads articles)

Attribute Transfer - File to File - access attribute manager to avail tabs relating to all of ArchiCAD attributes, organize attribute(s) before saving to use them out of file, Ken Good, Cadimage, Oct 16, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

AutoCAD 2015 - Object Tracking with Mirror Command - visit status bar to open object snap tracking, place mirror axis accurately when mirroring objects in AutoCAD, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 2 - remove handlers that require camera updates, apply base direction to make relative horizontal rotations, rotate position based on initial position, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Forms Inside Async AutoCAD Commands - stimulate async program, save current synchronization context before processing form result asynchronously in AutoCAD, Philippe Leefsma, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 3 - populate initial UI with set of buttons, replace any underscore with spaces before setting visible name, bring layers with viewers in front, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 16, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Vault AcquireFiles and the PreFileAcquire Event - employ events on AcquireFilesSettings object to avoid downloading files based on custom criteria, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Sharing Awesomeness - Skipping Classes and Properties - tips to handle cases where properties or classes do not exist in current project setup in AutoCAD Plant 3D, Dave Wolfe, Process Design from the Outside, Oct 15, 2014 (more AutoCAD Plant 3D articles)

Working with Civil 3D Templates - start with NCS template to create WIP.dwg, import layers, blocks, text styles from existing template if required, form template with WIP.dwg file before deleting unwanted styles, settings, Kevin Spear, Land Development Engineering, Oct 15, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Scheme Design - rebuild pumpkin wedges in point world, host profile of revolve on ladder rungs, create circle with radius parameter in master base family before turning it into repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Insert and Index Point Clouds in Revit - review need to break scans/point cloud up or partition them off, consider hi-res, low-res version of same scan, check modeling accuracy before importing point clouds/laser scans into Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 15, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Review: SOLIDWORKS 2015 - midpoint sketch feature, ability to extrude or cut-extrude with open profile, improved split tool, assembly mates can now be placed at centre of sketch, efficient dynamic reference visualization, reduced file size, Michael Lord, Develop 3D, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS reviews)

SOLIDWORKS: How to Create Ordinate Dimensions in a Detail View - create detail view of section, start horizontal ordinate dimension tool before adding 0 location on left edge of part in SOLIDWORKS, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 08: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 4 - overview of filled surface tool, discusses multi-surface method, application of selection manager to specify inputs, analysis tools to double-check work, tips to smoothen out surface irregularities, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Get Wired with SOLIDWORKS Electrical - apply wire style, equipotential, wire properties together to automatically route connector wiring in SOLIDWORKS Electrical 3D, Andy Beaupre, CAPUniversity, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

EPDM - Filter Workflow Using Transition Conditions - apply transition conditions to push files to branch of workflow, or into different workflow, employ automatic transitions to ensure that input is entered through data card in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joe Medeiros, Javelin Technologies, Oct 15, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles

Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015 - new 64-bit code base, ability of updated Vectorworks Graphics Module to render in wireframe mode, terrain modeling engine, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, Oct 15, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

Text Changes in Vectorworks 2015 - control over text tracking, variable tab settings, ability to use classes to control text size, Jonathan Pickup, You Tube, Oct 12, 2014 (more Vectorworks articles)

AMD FirePro GPUs - optimize graphics, compute workflows with entry-level W2100, W4100, mid-range W5100, W7100 alongside W9100, W8100 FirePro graphics cards, introduces Mantle graphics API into professional space that offers alternative to OpenGL, DirectX APIs, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 14, 2014 (more graphics cards articles)

It's Time to Get Over IGES - IGES can't keep up with regard to modern solid geometry, will invariably cause geometry errors, Ed Lopategui, GrabCAD Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more MCAD articles)

3D Tutorial: Draw a Fancy Square Glass Bottle Cap in AutoCAD - set up environment, start drawing, make final visual adjustments, Parvez Mahmood, AutoCAD Tips Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

BricsCAD V15 - What's New? - material density property for components, dynamic blocks now can be edited in-place, multiple drawings can be displayed in tabs, DMEXTRUDE command has taperangle option to create tapered extrusions, Rakesh Rao, Smart Ways to Work with .dwg CAD, Oct 15, 2014 (more Bricscad articles)

Resolving Generic Fatal Errors in AutoCAD and Related Verticals - invoke AUDIT, -PURGE, RECOVERALL commands when AutoCAD is open to fix errors, open command-line version of PURGE command, scan XREFs in drawing, else close AutoCAD to reset settings to default, conduct reinstallation process, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mtext: Now with More Variety - check corner sizing arrows, paragraph tab, 'auto bullets and numbering' feature in ribbon menu, caps lock auto-switching, superscript, subscript autostacking, match properties button enhancements to increase AutoCAD 2015 productivity, Isaac Harper, What's the Word on AutoCAD, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM 360 - PLM in cloud system offers opportunities to address market needs, allows users view 3D model design in browser through embedded viewer, avail data management capabilities to sync with folder, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 14, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Creating a Stereoscopic Viewer for Google Cardboard Using the Autodesk 360 Viewer, Pt 1 - code to develop 3D content into visualization system using Autodesk 360 viewer, Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Oct 14, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Placing 2D Surface iParts Into Assemblies - adjust thickness of 2D iParts, or place 2D surfaces as individual parts to allow component instances appear in model space, Total CAD Systems' Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Changing the Max User Interface - compares 3D Studio Max with 3D Studio Max Design, both are available as standalone programs, initial start-up shows dark background for former unlike later, adjust default renderer to obtain similar UI, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 14, 2014 (more 3ds max articles)

Civil 3D 2015 Deployment Question of the Day: No, You are Not Crazy - visit additional software section to include service packs, subscription add-ons or other tools to deployment, Louisa Holland, Civil 3D Etcetera, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Revit 2015 R2 - Background Color - visit graphics section in options dialog to set any background color in Revit, Steve Stafford, Revit OpEd, Oct 14 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Landscapeforms Tables - select table as component, set default dimensions for all types, scroll down to Top_U types to obtain top with umbrella hole in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Scan to BIM: Adjust Revit Pipes for Joining After Model Conversion - move pipe to adjust centerlines before trimming/extending pipes to create elbow in Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Solid Edge ST7's Big Leap Forward in Sheet Metal Design - handy Live Rules, ability to detect patterns of patterns, gussets, louvers, beads are applied with one click of mouse, new 'volume to sheet metal' function, ability to generates flat shapes from non-flat geometry, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 15, 2014 (more Solid Edge reviews)

Interview with Ricky Black, Planner for 2D and Drawings - discusses assembly enhancements in Solid Edge 7, model based definition, sync vs ordered file types, underused areas of drawings, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

5 Unsung Heroes in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - avail 'select previous' option, reduced file sizes to work faster, reference imaginary cardinal directions with angle dimension tool, interchangeable pattern types, save patterned components as independent files, Jeff Setzer, SolidNotes, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Composer Top 5 Things You Should Know, Pt 1: The Transform Tab - consists of features - copy transformation, translate, rotate, restore neutral position that assists in moving part or assembly in SOLIDWORKS, Scott Woods, HRS Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Using Snapshots to Capture a Moment in Time - right click to activate snapshot, create snapshot by using 'add take snapshot' command, or press alt+spacebar, add comments to snapshots once created in SOLIDWORKS, Kevin Holbrook, CADimensions Blog, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Alternate Position Views for Parts - create intermediate file, insert part into assembly before adding additional configuration in SOLIDWORKS, YouTube, Oct 14, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New Workstations from Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo - new machines from tier one workstation manufacturers feature Intel Haswell-EP Xeon E5 v3 series CPUs, new GPUs from NVIDIA, AMD, host of new I/O technologies including Thunderbolt 2, PCIe SSDs, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more Dell workstation articles, HP workstation articles, Lenovo workstation articles, CAD hardware articles)

Vero's Radan Adds in 180 Enhancements to Latest Version of the Sheet Metal Software - has strengthened 3D translation procedure, new editor in unfolding dialog tool supports bend parameters, new machine automation functions, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more engineering articles, CAM articles)

PTC Creo View Publishing: Why It Matters & How It Works - exploring methods to generate viewable files: automated, scheduled, interactive publishing from PTC Windchill, interactive viewable generation from CAD tool, command line publishing, Madhavi Ramesh, PTC Creo Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Creo articles, Windchill articles)

First Look: Siemens Launches NX 10 - NX release cycle will get implementation of iRay+ for rendering models, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2014 (more NX articles)

Synching AutoCAD and Inventor Files - set DWG file's associated project file in AutoCAD, determine current project file in Inventor, confirm changes in factory sync dialog to sync 2D drawings to 3D model in AutoCAD project, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips, Inventor tutorials)

Challenge 7: Evaluate Your Progress - measure improvements by determining benefits of taking challenges, areas of maximum, minimum improvement, check if adoption of AutoCAD best practices saves work time, adopt time tracking to estimate project costs, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 13, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Autodesk Inventor API: Assembly Document Hierarchy - discusses components in assembly that contain occurrences or component, component occurrences, occurrence enumerator, all leaf occurrences functionalities associated with extracting each portion, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

5 Methods to Get an Edge Aligned Dimension in Inventor - rotate detail view, create view sketch, chain dimension using chain set dimension tools, rotate hole center marks, center line through tab, Brendan Henderson, Brendan's Inventor Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Using Inventor View from 64 and 32 Bit Processes - set path variable to 'Inventor install path' to adjust any CPU compilation for application, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 13, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Transparency Glass in Elevation Section View - orient 3D view to elevation view, else select either entire curtain wall or individual panels, override graphics in view by element before setting transparency, Justin Doughty, CADline, Oct 13, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Color Plans - open visibility graphics dialog to add fill pattern to one of model category, use rooms/areas to apply color legend that creates fill pattern, else visit annotation tab to form pattern, Mathew Miller, Revittize, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in Solid Edge ST7 - entries in 'recent documents' are now right-clickable, animations, videos, tooltips on most important commands, can be integrated with 2 online project management tools - GrabCAD Workbench, Kenesto, Ralf Steck, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

Integrated DNA Technologies - Solid Edge Synchronous Technology helped world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids accelerate innovation through fast idea capture, improved multi-CAD reuse, new-user experience, Jeffrey Heimgartner, CADdigest.com, Oct 14, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Chapter 5: Assemblies, Pt 2: Assembly Features - new version allows selecting radical explode step to explode components, form/dissolve subassembly containing suppressed components, sort interference detection calculation by volume, avail Treehouse 2015 tools to visualize assembly structure, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Sweeps with Guide Curves - When They Don't Work - select point in profile sketch, line of guide curve to create pierce sketch relations in SOLIDWORKS, Rory Niles, Solid Solutions, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Design Checks for SOLIDWORKS Electrical - select 'calculate cable duct filling ratio' option after routing wires, click calculation of cable duct filling ratio to display ratio, generate reports to display voltage drop, power loss with SOLIDWORKS Electrical Schematic, TMS CADCentre, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Derived Sketches - select sketch, pick face where new sketch is to be placed, click 'derived sketch' from insert menu to make sketch appear on plane, Solid Apps Blog, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM - Linking Folder and File Properties - tip to map properties from folders to files in SOLIDWORKS EPDM, Joseph Cutrona, YouTube, Oct 13, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Infor PLM Vision 2014+ - Infor plans to grow from more basic PDM solution to more fully capable PLM solution, Infor-Aras relationship to rapidly deploy enterprise-class PLM solution for discrete manufacturers in cloud, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 10, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Timing is Everything: Should You Consider Buying a New Workstation Now? - consider Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 processors, professional GPUs from AMD, NVIDIA, HP Z Turbo Drive, Thunderbolt 2.0, Greg Corke, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Interview with Doug Stainbrook, Field Support Trainer - training people on Solid Edge, KeyShot, teach Synchronous to existing Solid Edge user vs non-CAD user, link between traditional 2D only CAD, Synchronous techniques, Matt Lombard, Siemens PLM Software Community, Oct 10, 2014 (more Solid Edge articles, CAD training articles)

New Goodies for G-Wizard Calculator Users - manual recalculation for CADCAM wizards, Mach3 tool table import, export, digital signing certificate migration, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Oct 10, 2014 (more CAM articles)

UV Replacement/Calibration - replace if software recommends new UV lamp upon calibration or UV lamp bulb is physically broken, process to replace UV assembly on desktop printers, Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 10, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Gain Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD - adjust command line transparency settings to float command line, avail extra space for drawing in AutoCAD, Lynn Allen, YouTube, Oct 12, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Inside Some AutoCAD 2015 Updates - tips to align existing texts horizontally, access block ribbon gallery, quick view layout display into file tabs, cursor badges for editing commands, CADTutor, Oct 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Custom Variables in AutoCAD OEM 2015 - add name of custom variable in 'your module settings' page to make custom variable accessible in OEM product, run.reg file to update registry in AutoCAD OEM, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

How to Turn Off Cable Tray Annotations in AutoCAD MEP - open display manager, select current display set, choose display manager dialog, edit cable tray display representation to turn off annotations, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Drainage Structures Not Displaying Correctly in InfraWorks - download Inventor.zip file, click unblock button on security section of general properties tab, extract file to Inventor server folder before restarting PC, InfraWorks 360, Jay Meszar, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

A Digital Prototype Walkthrough - Sheet Metal Cut Normal in Inventor 2015 - avail option when creating/modifying cut operation that will allow cut to be made normal to flat pattern, avoid cutting, machining issues, Pete Strycharske, MasterGraphics, Oct 12, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Which DrawingView Triggered OnViewUpdate - wrap event handler inside class that will allow each class instance identify DrawingView's event that it is listening in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Copy and Rotate in Inventor Pro 2015 - model flange after revolving tube, exclude stem from back of flange to wrap it properly to tube diameter, allow hole pattern create bolt holes on flange face before trying to duplicate features, Chris Benner, CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds, Oct 10, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Slice and Dice - create revolve with splines, scale up with single width parameter, add segments, set segment that starts flat on ground, cuts away middle with wedge before setting distances in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 12, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Schedules Basics & Tips - identify type/category of schedule being searched, check necessity of shared parameters, troubles referencing shared parameter in key schedules, ways to manage bulk 'issue dates' for sheets, link Excel file in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Use Navisworks Batch Utility to Convert Revit Files - access Batch Utility from Navisworks main menu, select files to be included in file set, retrieve list of Revit files to be converted before setting path of Navisworks file, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 11, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Navisworks articles)

Kicking Off Tasks in Revit with Clarity - locate, click launch task button, select task for project, click ok to run task while staying on with Revit, Beau Turner, IMAGINiT Building Solutions Blog, Oct 10, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Tire Kicking SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition - goals of SOLIDWORKS MBD, scope of product and manufacturing information, challenges of PMI implementation, role of MBD in arresting PMI challenges, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Power Drawing a Schematic Diagram in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - employ wire style selector to select number, types of wires drawn, connect wires drawn on top of each other, insert symbols from symbol library in SOLIDWORKS Electrical, Michael Souders, CADD Edge, Oct 10, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Will MSC's Apex Revolutionize Simulation? - MSC Software addresses skillset challenges to simulation driven design with Apex platform, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 9, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

ANSYS Remote Solve Manager (RSM): Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions - process when job gets submitted to RSM, recovering data, re-reading it into Workbench if RSM job runs into problems, Susanna Young, PADT Blog, Oct 9, 2014 (more ANSYS articles)

COMSOL's App Builder Set to Change How Experts Communicate Simulation to Others - advanced simulation users can create specialized apps quickly, can be run by others with COMSOL Multiphysics licenses, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Oct 9, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

The State of the 2D Mechanical Market - engineers still need to see things in 2D, but non-technical people have difficulty understanding 2D, Norman Roith of ING Network, WorldCAD Access, Oct 9, 2014 (more 2D to 3D articles)

The Ins and Outs of Digital Signing in AEC - decrease overhead costs, shorten project timelines, increase productivity, facilitate collaboration, protect intellectual property; approval signatures replace wet ink signatures, certifying signatures prevent future changes, Julie Olenski, AECbytes, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

3 Types of 3D BIM Clash Detection Have Their Own Importance - 3 different kinds of clashes: detecting them at early stage: hard clash, soft clash/clearance clash, 4D/workflow clash, Nikunj Patel, Hi-Tech Engineering Services, Oct 9, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Hacking Around Nuisances - start with any AutoCAD version to maintain UI, visit options menu to locate root of CUIX file, remove splash screen upon startup, convert PDF to DWG file in AutoCAD MEP, Greg Firman, AUGI Library, Oct 9, 2014 (more AutoCAD MEP articles)

Making an Invisible Viewport Visible Again in AutoCAD - locate layout tab having viewport problem, select quick select button from properties palette, set object type to viewport, invoke VPCLIP command with invisible viewport selected in AutoCAD, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD viewports tutorials)

Installing Fusion 360 Using the Command Line Only - open elevated command prompt, run installer, login to Autodesk account before providing access to files on Autodesk 360, Luke Johnson, What Revit Wants, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

How to Combine License Files for Multiple Autodesk Products - combine separate licenses into one license file, configure single service in LMTOOLS to apply combined license file, copy all lines from additional product license files before editing existing license file, Autodesk Knowledge Network, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

iLogic - Run Rule with Single Click - add handy iLogic rule as button by clicking on 'edit' in iLogic forms tab, pick rule(s) before adding it as button in Inventor, Luke Davenport, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Republish Markup Sheets - apply PostPrivateEvent function to provide file name to 'republish markup sheets' command in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Revit Architecture 2015: Model in Place - create standard sloped concrete cap on top of structural column, set work plane to appropriate face of column before drawing profiles in Revit, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Dimension Leaders in Revit - place dimension between witness lines, drag, relocate dimensions for clarity, select dimensions, edit type to change curved spline extension line, visit 'type properties' dialog box to change leader type, Martin Phelps, CADline, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making Topo Follow Hardscape - open macro manager to access Revit API, run AlignTopo macro, observe distribution of points along interior edges in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 9, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 4 - apply purge button to delete names from list box so that it appears in sync with Solid Edge document's variable table, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 7, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 5 - employ 'select all' button to choose all unused, listed variables so that they can be deleted at once, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 8, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Tech Tip: Meshing Tips and Tools for Better Results, Pt 1 - visually inspect spotty results, refine, rerun to confirm if mesh is too coarse, check number of elements across thickness to determine areas of high stresses, Ken LaVictor, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - Equal Spacing Option for Linear Patterns with Reference Geometry - create scenarios automatically in updated linear pattern feature, employ selected reference option to gain better control for asymmetric profiles, Scott Durksen, Javelin Technologies, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Let SOLIDWORKS Create Your Flat Pattern Configuration - place flat pattern view in drawing to automatically create flat pattern in SOLIDWORKS, Tim Roberts, YouTube, Oct 9, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Previewing COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0 and the Application Builder - 3 new add-on modules released: ray optics, design, LiveLink for Revit; improved predefined multiphysics couplings, simulation of CAD assemblies, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 8, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Moving from DriveWorks Xpress to DriveWorks Solo - downloading, activate DriveWorks Solo, backup DriveWorks Express files, open SOLIDWORKS, find DW Solo in task bar, create new project, Ryan Dally, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

How Small Firms Should Prepare for the BIM 2016 Mandate - collaborative BIM helps architect, MEP engineer, consultants create model before sharing to project participants, learn new way of delivering projects while accepting BIM as software, design infrastructure to support expected workload, AUGI Library, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

A Beam with Holes - go to 3D view, select beam, click, drag edge of beam to make pet palette display 'hole' option, open beam settings to adjust hole dimensions in ArchiCAD, Cadimage, Oct 9, 2014 (more ArchiCAD tutorials)

Simple Ways to Get Beautiful SketchUp Images Without Plug-ins or Software - enable perspective view, shadows, reload components, keep angle low to show off more of architecture, Designer Hacks, Oct 9, 2014 (more SketchUp tutorials)

Design Smart. Build Smart. Live Well. - understanding purpose of BIM: IPD to life cycle management, Elijah Gregory, BIM + Integrated Design, Oct 8, 2014 (more AEC articles)

One Vendor's Remedy for Software Management Headaches - Q&A with Erik Klein of Autodesk about making easy software installation, post-install-related tasks, Application Portal to address concerns, Account Portal modules to manage all of business-related tasks with Autodesk, Robert Green, Cadalyst, Oct 8, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, CAD management articles)

Quick Tip: Selecting Objects in AutoCAD 2015 - employ 2-click option to select rectangular shape, hold down left mouse button, drag cursor to apply lasso option for selecting objects, Craig Bashor, The Industry, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

AutoCAD 2015: Controlling the New Tab - start new drawing template or open existing file, employ NEWTABMODE variable to adjust new tab displays on launch, Joanna Gryszka, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Adding TrimPlanes to Structural Members in ACA.NET - set start, end point of member in WCS, create trim plane both at start, end in AutoCAD Architecture, Jeremy Tammik, AEC DevBlog, Oct 8, 2014 (more AutoCAD Architecture tutorials, AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Autodesk Inventor API: General Document Notes - call AllReferencedDocuments to obtain file references, iterate through all documents referenced by assembly before verifying document as part, John Evans, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Improve Your 3ds Max Workflow: An Introduction to Particle Flow - create text objects, set up particles by dragging items in node-based viewport, add operators to main event, conduct age tests to control flow of particles, Paul Hatton, 3DTotal, Oct 6, 2014 (more 3ds Max tutorials)

Myth Buster: Revit & IFC, Pt 4 - A New Hope - Revit 2015 version allows IFC linking, exporting linked files, importer now distinguishes between LoadBearing, non-LoadBearing types, offers more control over models, IFC exports, Martijn de Riet, AUGI Library, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit articles)

Autodesk Revit Install on Windows 10 - installation happened successfully, showed missing templates error upon launching Revit that is related to error in deselecting installation of Revit content, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Second Wind - employ input scale system to make profile scalable, apply parameters to control 2 partial ellipses that help to define revolve, use Vanilla Generic Model family to shape octagon families in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 8, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 1 - 'purge variables' command displays all unused variables, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 4, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 2 - start Visual Studio VS 2010 with .Net 4, using code showing imports statements, form class, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 5, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Making of Purge Variables for Solid Edge, Pt 3 - separating names, formulas of all user variables into 2 lists, Tushar Suradkar, Surf and Code, Oct 6, 2014 (more Solid Edge tutorials)

Adding Wire Styles in SOLIDWORKS Electrical - open wiring manager, create wiring group by selecting 'add numbering group' button, set properties of group before choosing wire numbering schema, Clare Schaeffer, SolidNotes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

3DQPress V6 What's New - Unfold UAR Bend Corner Feature - click on unfold icon, select highlighted face as fixed face, select 'user assisted recognition' option before adding feature, rebuilding unfolded part in SOLIDWORKS, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Drawing View with Assembly Components Displayed in Different Colors or Line Types - activate layers toolbar/dialog box, add layer, specify layer name, color, line style, select FeatureManager design tree to expand drawing view, avail component line font option to change line type, thickness, Sanja Srzic, Javelin Technologies, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 07: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 3 - overview of surface types, discusses fill surface, loft surface, boundary surface method in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Using SOLIDWORKS for Design and Collaboration with Your Classmates - include every part/subassembly files when moving assembly to shared drive, apply 'pack and go' tool to transfer files from one place to another, check list of referenced parts/assemblies from find references section, Laura Weismantel, CAPUniversity, Oct 8, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Determine the Average Stress in the Stress Concentration Area - edit first fixture by applying symmetry fixture directly on faces of symmetry, second fixture to prevent upper edge from translating in direction normal to front plane in SOLIDWORKS, Solid Professor Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Fujitsu Unveils Haswell Xeon E5 v3 Celsius M740 and R940 Workstations - Celsius M740 can ship with any one of 22 Intel Haswell Xeon E5 v3 chips, Celsius R940 can support up to 3 high-end GPUs, AEC Magazine, Oct 7, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Understanding Parallel Computing - COMSOL Multiphysics solves partially parallel problems, bus speed creates performance bottleneck when working on single computer, cluster computers offer variable performance, Walter Frei, COMSOL Blog, Oct 7, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

DriveWorks Administrator - Table Lookup's Using DWVLookup - Solid Apps Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more DriveWorks articles)

Integrated CAM Apps Help Engineers Take Designs Straight to Manufacturing - fully integrated CAM packages work directly with 3D CAD data, removing need to translate or recreate designs for manufacturing, reducing errors, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Oct 6, 2014 (more CAM articles, MCAD articles)

Reverse Pressure Pipe Network Slopes in Civil 3D - delete network, recreate it with proper direction, else employ expression in pressure pipe label to reverse slope calculation, Matt Miyamoto, Ideate, Oct 7, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Coping with COBie - COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from Revit data model, easing process of transferring data from building information model, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

BIM for Clients - examine current business workflows, identify key problem areas, identify potential benefits of BIM, define BIM deliverables, generate BIM deployment, execution plans, supply chain capabilities before implementing BIM, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Automatically Save Inventor Drawing to PDF - visit drawing options tab to set 'always create' options, avail manually create option to create files when auto snapshot command is invoked, visit general options tab to set location to save PDF file, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Can't Move, Promote or Demote Inventor Content Center Part - code to loop through all components in assembly, remove reorder command restrictions in Inventor, Graham Harrison, Micro Concepts, Oct 7, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Controlling Embed Visibility Using a View’s Detail Level - customize visibility of the individual elements, uncheck coarse, medium detail levels areas in family element visibility settings, set detail level to 'coarse' to make angle, end plates visible in Revit, Jon McFarland, Curtain Wall BIM, Sep 19, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Calculating Length of Curb - apply volume to select profile area as first parameter, floor schedule to create length field as calculated value in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 7, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Family Array Basics & Tips - add optimal spacing parameter to make spacing between shelves remain constant when length of family is flexed, create arrays in separate families if modeling 2 arrays in same family gives error in Revit, Revit Beginners, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Linking Analytical Nodes with Structural Elements - create parameters in project, select analytical nodes in project using select category node, visit each reference point to extract information hidden with Revit, employ lunchbox node to convert points to strings, Mark Thorley, Dynamo, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

10 Easy Ways to Improve Large Assembly Performance - create nested sub-assemblies, utilize configurations, pattern bodies instead of features, mate to primary planes, activate large assembly mode to optimize system options for working with large assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, Loretta Stiurca, Design Point Solutions, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Delivers with SOLIDWORKS 2015 - expanded portfolio to support more design tasks, offers improved productivity, assembly tools, optimizes work process with collaborative sharing, improves communication with Model-Based Definition, solves design challenges, Barb Schmitz, Design World, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

How Power Surfacing for SOLIDWORKS Supercharged the Way I Model - program from nPower works in background, comes with own tab in command manager, allows easy access to SOLIDWORKS UI tools, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Oct 7, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Simulation - Common Errors in Simulation - discusses mesh failures, model instability along with tips to fix/troubleshoot them in SOLIDWORKS, Shivani Patel, YouTube, Oct 3, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

solidThinking Inspire 2014: Refining Simulation Driven Design - intelligent recognition, manipulation of existing geometry, ability to apply newly defined manufacturing constraints, ability to smooth out, control optimized shape in semi-automatic way, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 6, 2014 (more solidThinking articles)

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem - access feature from menu, 'tool bars and buttons' or use keyboard shortcut, discussing marquee effect, cut surface display, element types to show in 3D option, Jared Banks, Graphisoft, Oct 6, 2014 (more ArchiCAD articles)

BIM and Sustainability: A Growing Partnership - BIM allows for more informed approach to design, construction, ensuring that projects are completed on time, within budget, utilizing best sustainable practices available, Simon Gillis of Autodesk, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Microdesk Shows 3D AEC, BIM Scanning Service at New San Francisco Office - presentation showing how camera-equipped drones can photograph buildings, leading to 3D models, using Autodesk's cloud-based service Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, AEC articles)

How to Create AutoCAD Classic Workspace Using CUI - open CUI dialog, visit context menu to create new workspace, right click new CUI to customize workspace, move toolbars to dock them to preferred locations, type RIBBONCLOSE to close ribbon, Edwin Prakoso, CAD Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials

Convert a Toolbar Into a Ribbon Panel - visit CUI window to expand toolbar tree, navigate to toolbar in 'customizations in all files list,' expand ribbon, panels, tabs tree, drag new custom panel up to tabs in AutoCAD, Levi Connolly, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Showcase Tips & Tricks: How to Display the Objects Wireframe - select wireframe mode instead of animated grid to highlight selected objects, or display object wireframe in window as visual mode, Marion Landry, YouTube, Oct 6, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Civil 3D Pressure Pipe Inside Diameter Issue - locate catalog SQLite spatial data files, employ content catalog editor to edit files that remains isolated in single catalog in Civil 3D, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Change View Orientation in a Drawing - select place, base view on ribbon, pick orientation, visit custom view session to rotate view using Free Orbit rotation tools in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Convert a Full Section Into an Offset Section - right click on section line, select edit, invoke line command to draw lines, trim original lines to ensure presence of one start, end point in Inventor, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Reorder Parts List Columns - employ PartsListColumn.Reposition function to adjust order of columns relating to PartsList object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Matrix for Complex Transformation in Model Space - apply Matrix.TransformBy method to multiply 2 matrices together, create new matrix containing transforms of both matrices, Vladimir Ananyev, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 6, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

NBS Plug-in for Autodesk Revit - free plug-in links Revit, National BIM Library, NBS specification to deliver information eco-system, provides easy coordination of project information, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Revit articlesAEC articles)

Autodesk FormIt and Revit - define levels in model to calculate gross area of building, apply sun/shadow tools to create small daylight analysis, integrate previously defined levels into Revit model along with mass floors, Simon Moreau, BIM 42, Oct 4, 2014 (more Revit tutorials, Autodesk articles)

Is a Given Element Hidden in a View? - apply IsElementHiddenInView method to any add-in to determine if element, view returns true in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 6, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Are You Domesticated? - base segment family as box rig, apply normalize curve parameters, control angle of segments in pump-dome before linking it back to repeater in Revit, Andy Milburn, Shades of Grey, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Bent Lofted Bends - create 1st plane offset, sketch 1st shape as rectangle on parallel plane, form 2nd place distance, draw 2nd shape as circle on non-parallel plane before selecting sheet-metal command tab, Ronnie Flaugh, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Simulation Mesh and Shell Manager - check new shell manager to avail list of shell bodies existing in part/assembly, dynamic highlighting command to sort parts by thickness/material, Jordan Nardick, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 2: Flipping Out - right click on angle, select display options, vertically opposite angle, flip any placed angle dimension to explementary angle in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What to Expect in SOLIDWORKS Plastics 2015 - 'nominal wall thickness adviser' to interrogate given CAD models suitability for injection molding, option to export results directly to eDrawings, Peter Harkness, Solid Solutions, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Inspection: Four Favorites in 2015 - SOLIDWORKS Inspection added to SOLIDWORKS Installation manager, document setting templates, ability to edit on the fly, to export to inspection project, Cody Pendzich, SolidNotes, Oct 6, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

MySolidWorks: A Expanding Community Service - MySolidWorks Drive connects to user's cloud storage services, new manufacturing matching service to put production work up for bid, resellers can deliver materials to their customers through secure medium, Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Bundle All Your References in One Shot with SOLIDWORKS Pack and Go Feature - use the 'include drawings' option to grab all associated drawings, 'flatten to single folder' option takes all of references, puts them into one single directory, John Hall, CADD Edge, Oct 3, 2014 (more SolidWorks tutorials)

Enginuity Transformed to ENOVIA and the 3DExperience Platform - Enginuity is now made up of first class objects in ENOVIA, follows data-centric approach, has cost optimization, material alternates/substitutes capabilities, Jim Brown, Tech-Clarity, Oct 1, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Lightweight Material Champions - Aluminum has been slowly gaining ground in automotive industry, high-strength steel has its advantages too, considering downstream consequences of lightweighting, Mark Clarkson, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Smart Work - easy-to-use, Colortrac SmartLF SG scanners are available in 36", 44" sizes, 3 modes: monochrome, color, enhanced, use ClearView white LED illumination, improved performance, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more Colortrac scanners reviews)

MSI WS60 20J Workstation - mobile workstation with 15.6" screen, 1.9 kg weight, 19.9 mm thickness, Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M GPU, certified for mainstream BIM workflows, AutoCAD, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more AEC articles, laptop reviews)

Wiring Up - EPLAN's Electric P8 automates most time consuming electrical design tasks, providing complete solution for planning, documentation, control of electrical automation projects, CAD User, Sep 2014 (more AEC articles)

Will AutoCAD Install on Windows 10? - installing on Windows 10 is smoother, vanilla AutoCAD takes 15 minutes to install from USB 3.0 external hard drive, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Oct 6, 2014 (more AutoCAD articles)

Start the Program with a Command Line Switch - right-click program icon on Windows desktop to select properties, open product properties dialog box to append parameters for switch in AutoCAD, Sunith Babu, Daily CAD Tips, Oct 5, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Manage CADWorx Project Resources with Symlinks - create Symlinks from Windows command line, open project resources folder to place .cfg, .cat, or .prj files, change Symlink type dropdown list to ‘file symbolic link’ in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Tips, Oct 4, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Removing Buttons from QuickAccessToolbar Crashes AutoCAD - ensure to provide unique Id to ribbon button to avoid AutoCAD crash, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Display Sliced Solids of Pipe Networks in Section - select structures, structure style, display method to slice manholes as solid, show structure that are visible per cross section in Civil 3D 2015, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Hide Component in DrawingView Using ControlDefinition - workaround is selecting component in BrowserPane, executing relevant ControlDefinition on it; VBA solution to get to needed object, then execute command on it in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

AddDesignVisualizationAttachment BadAttachmentOrder Error - occurs when using AddDesignVisualizationFileAttachment() to attach DWF to IDW in Vault, Wayne Brill, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 2, 2014 (more Autodesk Vault articles)

Revit 2015 Shared Parameter Tool Tips - click edit tooltip button in parameter properties dialog to add description, shared parameters file is not available externally restricting addition/modification of tooltips later, Tim Waldock, Revit Cat, Oct 5, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Property Lines and Tagging Arcs - create property boundary by entering distances, bearings or by sketching, tag property line segments in absence of arc/curved segments in Revit, Landscape Architecture + BIM, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Schedules: Calculated Totals - visit formatting tab, select calculated totals for area, volume to display grand total for structural foundation schedule in Revit, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Arch: No Quick Calculator Like AutoCAD - input parameters in commands or properties to support calculations, start with = sign before inserting mathematical formula, click dimension icon to turn temporary dimension into permanent dimension, John Flanagan, CADline, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Revit Boundary Conditions Error When Trying to Place - employ structural template in new project, transfer structural settings into project to place boundary condition elements, Sherry Pittman, IMAGINiT Technologies Support Blog, Oct 3, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 Chapter 5 - Assemblies, Pt 1: Mates and Patterns - ability to view, edit min, max values of limit mate in graphics area, 'copy with mates' now supports more advanced mates, Daniel Herzberg, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Apply Your Center Mark and Actually Using It Too - SOLIDWORKS 2015 includes ability to add center marks to set of center marks, reattaching dangling center marks, automatically applying connection lines to center mark sets upon creation, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

Migration from Windows to Enterprise PDM, Pt 1: High Performance Migration - prepare source data by updating files to latest version supported by SOLIDWORKS EPDM version, avoid setting long file paths/invalid characters, adjust Vault settings, prepare host before performing migration, Lindsay Early, Fisher/Unitech, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

Year of the Angle Dimension, Pt 1: Imaginary Rays - start smart dimension tool, in drawing view, select model edge, select collinear, adjacent point, crosshair's segments, place dimension in SOLIDWORKS, SOLIDWORKS Legion, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Hump Day Tips 06: Closing Surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Pt 2 - reviews revolved circular surface, discusses squircle, lofted surfaces, tips to maintain continuity across new surfaces in SOLIDWORKS, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Sketch - Tracing Images - activate Autotrace functionality, employ ‘sketch picture’ command to insert image into sketch, scale, position image before tracing image, apply boss extrude feature to extrude sketch profile in SOLIDWORKS, Nick Jones, Solid Solutions, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles Shares His 3D Vision - talked about 'experience economy,' enriching company's product offering through acquisitions, running powerful apps in cloud, social user experiences, Rebecca Lambert, OnWindows, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, CATIA articles)

Tekla Structures 20 - new 'organizer' makes it easy to generate quantity take-off reports for specific objects in specific locations within building, can handle more complex forms, Direct manipulation tools are available directly from software, shape catalogue for feature for importing, exporting, viewing custom 3D shapes, AEC Magazine, Oct 1, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Fujitsu Celsius H730 - 15.6" screen, Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M graphics card, offers PalmSecure palm vein authentication system, good all-round machine for CAD or BIM, AEC Magazine, Sep 30, 2014 (more laptop reviews)

The Promise of Virtualization: Secure Remote Access to 3D Data - understanding benefits of centralized delivery of 3D apps, workstations, implementing virtualization technologies, Yvonne Dresser, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, collaboration articles)

The Democratization of Manufacturing - and PLM Software - innovative product developers discussed new landscape where SMBs are thriving, role of cloud-based Autodesk PLM 360 at Accelerate 2014 event, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 2, 2014 (more CAD show articles)

Can Complex Product Development Teams use Cloud-Based PLM? - cloud solutions can have lower barriers to adoption, cloud-based solutions can be implemented without involving enterprise IT teams, John Hayes, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 2, 2014 (more PLM articles)

Create Instant Photoreal Snapshots with Visualizer - extension provides instant photographic previews of SketchUp models, exports fast, clean photoreal images, Mark Harrison, SketchUpdate, Oct 1, 2014 (more SketchUp articles)

MSC Aims to Take CAE from Frustrating to Efficient - based on computational parts approach, MSC Apex provides full associativity between geometric, analysis data, Apex Modeler is available via annual lease for $7,500 per seat, Nancy Spurling Johnson, Cadalyst, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles, Autodesk 360 articles)

Piezoelectric Materials: Understanding the Standards -strain-charge, stress-charge form, 2 definitions for crystal cut in COMSOL Multiphysics, James Ransley, COMSOL Blog, Oct 2, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

Creating a Civil 3D Surface from Text Data - using MOVETEXTTOELEVATION command to create surface from survey type provided data, Leo Lavayen, Advanced Solutions Blog, Sep 24, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Electrical Sub-Panels with Lugs in Revit - creating panel schedule template for panels with 48 circuits, placing electrical panels, assigning panel schedule, breakers, Doug Bowers, Applying Technology to Architecture, Oct 2, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Asymmetric Fillets - fillet command now allows asymmetric fillets, add elliptical fillets along with asymmetrical conic fillets, Christian Maldonado, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - SOLIDWORKS Treehouse: Create SOLIDWORKS Product Structure Without Using SOLIDWORKS - create assembly structures complete with parts, sub-assemblies, associated drawings, create, modify custom properties, Robert McGaughey, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Gusset Enhancements - ability to create gussets between disjointed planar surface bodies that are separated by structural member, body radius or gap, Phil Whitaker, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 2, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

The ABC of Weldment Profiles in SOLIDWORKS - understanding folder structure for weldment profile, Deepak Gupta, Boxer's CAD CAM Blog, Sep 25, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

Engineering Workstation, Cluster or Cloud? - engineers looking for single, definitive solution face disappointment, faster workstations, workstation-based clusters, cloud solutions offer more iterative design solutions, Peter Varhol, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, engineering analysis articles)

Create 3D Cells in MicroStation - putting together custom cell that emphasizes views of any 3D object to be highlighted within project, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more MicroStation tutorials)

Optimizing Common Roughing Technology - shops that adopt new cutting tool, machine tool, toolpath technology are at huge advantage, Hassan Narasimhan & Randy Hudgins, MoldMaking Technology, Oct 1, 2014 (more CAM articles)

BIM Libraries - speed up model creation by downloading content from web portal to add real world objects, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

PCIe SSDs for CAD, BIM and Point Clouds - testing combination of SATA, PCIe SSDs using point cloud software, LFM Server, as well as Revit, 3ds Max, AEC Magazine, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

Inertia in Custom Units - convert internal unit to proper form using UnitsOfMeasure object in Inventor, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Oct 1, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Creating a Sloped Wall - sloped wall vs sloped slab, creating sloped Wall from Mass in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Oct 1, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Section Navisworks Models - bisecting, dividing working models in various ways to emphasize features to be isolated, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Use Navisworks to Create Animated Building Walkthroughs - creating specific viewpoints to highlight project features to be shared, YouTube, Oct 1, 2014 (more Navisworks articles)

Manufacturing the Future: How 3D Printing Went from Pipe Dream to Your Desktop - 3D printing is now commonly regarded as technology having society-shaping potential, public conversations are about transformative manufacturing processes, Brian Heater, Digital Trends, Sep 26, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

3D Printing's New Materials: Plastics, Ceramics, Composites and More - exploring extensive variety of newer non-metal options: resins, other liquid/semi-liquid materials, powders, filament, carbon fibers, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Mate to Center Rectangular and Cylindrical Profiles - 'mate to center' automatically center aligns common component types to each other, fully defines components, Roger Ruffin, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

On Top of Everything Else, SOLIDWORKS 2015 Does 3D Printing - currently 'print to 3D' command only works with MakerBot 3D printers, Microsoft Windows 8.1 is needed to make 3D print, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Sep 24, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - ability to set, vary each instance independently to create even more flexible patterns, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Add-in Load Times - add-ins dialog box displays amount of time it took to load add-ins last time user started SOLIDWORKS, Josh Altergott, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL 2015 Open with DraftSight - edit symbols and similar content, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

What's New in Enterprise PDM 2015: New License System - uses SolidNetWork license manager to control access, admin can see available licenses, allow or restrict user access to vault, Jay Thompson, CAPUniversity, Oct 1, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS PDM articles)

DDR4 Memory Technology: What's in a Number? - 4th generation of double data rate technology supports data transfer rate between 1,600 and 3,200 Mb/s, offers higher memory density, lower power consumption, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles)

Software Certification Questions on Virtual Machines - currently, some CAD software titles are certified to run in virtualized environment; bandwidth connection, interconnects play important role in determining interactive experience, performance of software running on virtual machine, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD hardware articles, cloud articles)

3 Companies That Could Become The Kinko's of 3D Printing - FedEx Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Walgreen Company might offer 3D printing services to consumers, Rakesh Sharma, Benzinga, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

The Final Stage of the Revolution: Commoditization of 3D - CAD world needs is new business model, Jess Davis, upFront.eZine, Sep 30, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Stratasys Grabs CAD - GrabCAD's collaboration platform is CAD agnostic, will provide easier access to CAD data; acquisition increases collaboration, accessibility of 3D CAD files that could accelerate adoption of Stratasys' 3D printing technologies, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 30, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles, MCAD articles)

Quick Tip: How to Hyperlink Anything - create library of bullets to represent various link options, open URL, click on hyperlink, insert objects to receive hyperlink, check options before opening hyperlink in AutoCAD, Michael Beall, AUGI Library, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD customizing tutorials)

Displaying the Area of the Last AutoCAD Entity in an HTML Palette Using JavaScript and .NET - reload palette forcing page load to call back from JavaScript to .NET, define hidden JavaScript command, register JavaScript method using registerCallback(), Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Customizing CAdUiListCtrl - employ custom draw function to customize function, insert MFC list control before adding member variable for it, replace CListCtrl with custom list control class in AutoCAD, Balaji Ramamoorthy, AutoCAD DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more AutoCAD programming tutorials)

Everything You Need to Know About Working Offline with AutoCAD 360 - hit information cycle icon located in right corner of drawing thumbnails, click 'download to offline' button to download drawings in AutoCAD 360, AutoCAD 360, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk 360 articles)

Five Degrees of Separation - simulate curve by installing pipes with allowable deflection, apply 'trial and error' method to create curves, export/import from shape file in Civil 3D, Malcolm Fernandes, IMAGINiT Civil Solutions Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Is Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate Ready for the Big Time? - Kevin Schneider of Autodesk addresses objective of Fusion 360, need to connect products, tools, reset balance between CAD tool, collaboration, view representation feature of Inventor, Inventor vs Fusion 360, Scott Moyse, Design and Motion, Sep 30, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, Inventor articles)

Search Non- Ballooned Components - collect components containing balloon, filter ones without balloon from all referenced documents in Inventor, Xiaodong Liang, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Tips & Tricks for Better Section Views in Inventor - right click on view, choose edit to modify actual sketch, click on dimension to specify length of extensions, select sketch before applying view sketch option by clicking on start sketch option, Clinton Brown, CADline, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Customizing the Look of the Recent Files Screen in Revit - open internet options, visit general tab, click on accessibility button to tick 'ignore font styles specified on webpages' option, tap fonts button to change font for recent files screen, Sash Kazeminejad, Ideate, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Export Revit to nwc - convert all element parameters, properties to make searchsets work in Revit, Daniel Gijsbers, Daniel on Autodesk AEC Software, Sep 30, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

FEA and Composites, Pt 1 - as soon as composite strength value is exceeded by stress level present in any ply, structure has failed; understanding logical approach to assessing strength results in thin shell structures, Tony Abbey, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more FEA articles)

Extend Your CAE Software to Design of Experiments and Optimization - CAE integration platform, modeFRONTIER uses 'Design of Experiments,' optimization algorithms to automate design process, Shawn Wasserman, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 24, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

Engineers Optimize Designs to Keep Them Light and Strong - key to prevent data explosion in optimization is to restrict archive to only most promising design variants, their associated parameters, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2014 (more engineering analysis articles)

How to Get the Most Out of Arrow Plots in COMSOL Multiphysics - powerful tool for visualizing field distribution, handling issues involved: arrow color doesn't stand out enough, volume is stacked with too many layers of arrows, Ruud Borger, COMSOL Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more COMSOL Multiphysics articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Variable Pattern - select dimensions from patterned feature to add 'pattern table,' set, vary each instance independently to create flexible patterns in SOLIDWORKS, Jim Krivoshein, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 Feature - What Products are You Entitled to? - click on 'my products' link task pane under SOLIDWORKS tools menu to display list of products available under license, Mike Hansen, Fisher/Unitech, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

You Can Clean Up with 3D Views in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - 3D views model position, orientation, zoom scale, view settings, allows creating model, dimensions, tolerance views, offers flexibility, views created in SOLIDWORKS comes integrated with eDrawings, 3D PDF, Oboe Wu, The SOLIDWORKS Blog, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Surfacing - employ sketcher to convert traditional splines into style splines, Andrew Berwald, YouTube, Sep 30, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS 2015 What's New - Sketch Tools - discusses sketch relations, click midpoint line to create line symmetrical from midpoint of line, Krystine Thoroughman, YouTube, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS tutorials)

What's Going on with BIM in Russia - BIM is increasingly adapted in design field, considering role of state in adapting BIM, estimated increase of BIM programs, Vladimir Talapov, CADdigest.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more AEC articles)

ODA Releases 3D PDF Component - 3D PDF component will allow Teigha based applications to convert 3D data in DWG or DGN file to 3D PDF file, Deelip Menezes, Deelip.com, Sep 23, 2014 (more CAD industry articles, PDF articles)

Bentley Acquires SITEOPS Civil/Site Design - SITEOPS is site engineering product that allows civil engineers, site planners to look at piece of land, simulate its use, helps figure out best layout vs cost alternatives, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil Engineering articles)

Sharing is Caring: How Real CAD Users Share Data - survey reports primary MCAD system is SOLIDWORKS, users use native format when sharing with collaborators, STEP file when sharing with clients, fabricators, Adam O'Hern, SolidSmack, Sep 29, 2014 (more CAD industry articles)

Training Entrepreneurs for the Internet of Things - PTC will donate software, training materials, ThingWorx apps to Lassonde Studio at the University of Utah to help students understand new technology, design smarter, better products, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Sep 29, 2014 (more engineering articles, PTC articles)

Can 3D Printing Help Kids Learn How to Write? - kids use 3D printed set of solid letters to compose words, sentences at Montessori school, 3D models of solid digraphs help improve tools for writing learning, 3D Perspectives, Sep 29, 2014 (more rapid prototyping articles)

Autodesk CTO Reveals Details of Their Spark 3D Printing Platform & Printer: More Coming at Inside 3D Printing Conference - Spark will be compatible with any, all types of 3D printers, has ability for slicing object, creating needed print orientation for that object, Eddie Krassenstein, 3D Print.com, Sep 25, 2014 (more Autodesk articles, rapid prototyping articles)

Challenge 6: Plan Your Drawing - set clear goals, plan deadlines, milestones, content, customers, response, resources before sketching thumbnail version of drawing in AutoCAD, Paul Munford, CAD Notes, Sep 29, 2014 (more AutoCAD tips)

Mass Haul Diagrams in Civil 3D - visit analyze, 'volumes and materials' menu to select mass haul, fill details in wizard before clicking on create diagram button, Graham Riddleston, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Civil 3D tutorials)

Capture and Integrate: Autodesk's ReCap Pro Looks to Clean Up 3D Scanning - creates improved accuracy reports, checks quality of laser scans, provides tools to analyze, detect, fix problematic laser scans, seeks to integrate digital, physical worlds with reality computing technology, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 29, 2014 (more Autodesk articles)

Inventor Foundations: Basics of Sketching & Modeling - set base sketch properly to ensure model integrity that allows adding/subtracting subsequent features, change/deletion of fillets will have no impact on any geometry created prior to fillet, Thomas Rambach, CADToolbox.com, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

List Custom iProperties of Selected Occurrence - select component, employ Inventor API to obtain iProperties from document that is represented by that occurrence, Adam Nagy, Manufacturing DevBlog, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Modify a Section Cut in Inventor - right click on section line, select edit selection properties to change section depth to distance, pick distance that will stop cutting to obtain desired results, David Gaskill, Cadalyst, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Parametric Dumb Solids with Hybrid Direct Editing - understanding setup to remodel complex models in Inventor, Australian CAD Blog, Sep 30, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

iLogic - Delete All iLogic Rules in Entire Assembly - install Vault, lock released files properly to prevent edits before applying code to delete every iLogic rule in component assembly, Luke Davenport, CADline, Sep 29, 2014 (more Inventor tutorials)

Spot Slope Revit - slope direction allows setting slope to point down or up, leader line length changes length of both arrow, triangle option in Revit, Brian Mackey, BD Mackey Consulting, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

Events, Again, and Creating an Extrusion Roof - employ NewExtrusionRoof method to add new external command named CmdNewExtrusionRoof, generate stair-shaped element in Revit, Jeremy Tammik, The Building Coder, Sep 29, 2014 (more Revit tutorials)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Customized Rights Management - new application rights management interface allows admin users run various levels of access across application, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 28, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

SOLIDWORKS Electrical 2015 Archive Environment - avail feature to custom archive or maintain backup of database, select all objects, objects modified by user, set reminders to do regular backups, Delvin Masilamani, Javelin Technologies, Sep 29, 2014 (more SOLIDWORKS articles)

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